The faces behind the fairytales

Teemu Laasanen 

I am a music educator and lecturer in piano music. I have over two decades of experience in working with children both as a teacher and a performer. 

I have a passion for developing new ways to experience music and art. I find the visualisation of music in stories and images an absolutely fascinating, and partly subconscious, process. 

MusicFairyTales produces music fairy tales in traditional formats such as print books and audio books. Our plans for the near future include bringing these stories to life on interactive touch walls. Music fairytales combine classical music, stories and illustrations. The touch walls will add a gaming aspect, allowing players to step inside the characters to complete different tasks. 

Noora Nikka 

Writer, music educator and mother from Otava, Finland 

Music was very important to me already in my childhood and I became excited to experience the world through playing the piano. The path of playing the piano led me to make music into a living. I have had the chance to work with music and children for over twenty years already. Music has often opened up to me through stories thatI have then interpreted in a visual form. This creative flow of storytelling first manifested in the music fairytale Eirikin matka maailman ääriin (Eirik’s Journey to the End of the World) in 2019. I am extremely happy to continue my adventure as a writer of musical stories!  

“When you sense your true power, you can take flight with your wings. Flying is possible. Dare to live your dream!” 

Risto Kopperi

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Producer and actor from Finland 

I have over three decades of experience of working in different theatres. I have primarily worked as an actor, but I have also gathered experience as a director and producer, and in other theatrical tasks. 

At the moment, I am in charge of, among other things, dramatising new stories, recruiting actors, and studio direction. 

Maria Gustafsson

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As a professional graphic artist  and 3D Visualizer, I have been working  on  images for the advertising, animation  and gaming industry for more than ten years.  Illustrating and telling a story with the power of an image, has been my greatest hobby since childhood.

Emiel Inkeri Nikula

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I am an illustrator and graphic game designer from the Finnish Lapland. I have also worked with animation for many years. Using colors in storytelling and visualizing landscapes that fascinate me, is my passion.

Irina Zahharenkova

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Irina Zahharenkova is an Estonian pianist and harpsichordist who currently lives in Finland.  Zahharenkova graduated with a master’s degree in music from the Estonian Academy of Music, with teachers such as Lilian Semper and Maris Valk-Falk. After moving to Finland she continued her studies at the Sibelius Academy under Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna. As one of the worlds most award-winning young pianists of her generation today, Irina Zahharenkova’s success in international competitions has been tremendous.  During 2005, she was awarded at the Epinal Piano Competition in France, the Prague Spring Harpsichord Competition, the George Enescu Competition in Romania, and the Geneva International Piano Competition. The following year she won the Alessandro Casagrande competition in Italy and the Johann Sebastian Bach competition in Germany. Prior to that,  Zahharenkova was also successful in several competitions, for example in 2004: in addition to receiving the audience award, she won the Premio Jaén Piano Competition in Spain.

Juha Tanskanen

I started sound engineering work already as a little boy. I used an old cassette recorder to make my own playlists or record all kinds of interesting sounds such as my father’s snoring.  Later I studied sound engineering at North Karelia  University of Applied Sciences  and graduated as a  sound expressionist  of Media. I have since worked over  ten years as Soundmaster  in the theater and also set up my own company – Miaudion – that specializes in sound. In addition I work as a media expert consultant at the ELY Center in Etelä-Savo. It’s great to be part of a team where everything is cutting edge and I can utilize my professional skills in every possible way. I also happen to like the fairytales too. They carry something that takes you back to your own childhood and to stories that left a lot of room for your own imagination as well. That’s how the best fairytale-worlds are created.