Paavali Jumppanen has established himself internationally as a solo recitalist, orchestral collaborator, recording artist, artistic director, and frequent performer of contemporary and avant-garde music. He has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and Australia alongside such great conductors as David Robertson, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, and Jaap van Zweden. He has commissioned numerous works and collaborated with composers as Boulez, Murail, Dutilleux, Penderecki, as well as many Finnish composers. The Boston Globe praised the “overflowing energy of his musicianship” and The New York Times his “power and an extraordinary range of colors.”
In the recent years Paavali Jumppanen has dedicated much of his time into performing cycles of the complete Beethoven and Mozart Piano Sonatas. He has also often performed all of the Beethoven Piano Concertos and chamber sonatas. After his studies at Sibelius Academy he worked with Krystian Zimerman at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland where he also studied organ, fortepiano, and clavichord. Russian born pianist Konstantin Bogino has remained an important mentor throughout his career.
Paavali Jumppanen has an expanding discography which includes the recording of Boulez three piano sonatas (Deutsche Grammofon) made in collaboration with the composer. The Guardian praised it as “the best recorded disc of Boulez’s piano music so far”. Jumppanen has also recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas for Ondine label. He spent the 2011–12 season as a visiting scholar in Harvard University’s Music Department studying musicology and theory to deepen his immersion in Viennese 18th century music. He is an estimated teacher and teaches at the Espoo Music Institute and at the Sibelius Academy, and is artistic manager of the PianoEspoo- festival.