The interesting combination of cold Finland and spicy Mexico comes together when listening to Aeon Duo. This new ensemble was formed in autumn 2013 when both Essi Kiiski and Eduardo Andrade met during their studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Very soon they noticed similar characteristics between these two distant nations and began their collaboration. Aeon is an incomparable duo where Kiiski’s musicality and Andrade’s virtuosity capture the listener into a journey full of colours.
The players share a passion for adventuring into different styles and their repertoire ranges from traditional classical works and pieces composed by Andrade to folkloric music. Some of their events have explored an multi-sensory experience integrating photography and tasters to the music.
In the last quarter of 2016, Aeon visited Italy for the Second Edition of the Sibelius Festival in Santa Margherita. During 2015 they performed music to celebrate Sibelius´s 150 years as well as Mexican music as part of UK-Mexico Cultural year with performances in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival as part of their Highlight Series.
The duo has performed in UK, Italy, Finland and Mexico.
The latin word Aeon was chosen by the duo because its meaning is "Life" or "Eternity". They believe that music is an art form that transcends time in a very unique way and with every performance they bring to life those sounds that either have been listened for centuries or are just starting to make their way through the world of music.
Eduardo Andrade (1993*), Eduardo Andrade, pianist, composer, and conductor listed by Forbes Mexico as one of the “Most Creative Mexicans in the World 2018” and recipient of the President’s Award granted by HRH Prince Charles of Wales, is specialised in writing music for Film, TV, and Creative Media. During the past two years he has scored more than 25 projects in UK and abroad including a 10 episodes documentary, animations, short ﬁlms, and live performances; and has performed as a soloist in venues such as Cadogan Hall.
Eduardo won first place in the Ollin Yoliztli National Youth Piano Competition in 2006 and 2008, the National Claudio Herrera Competition in 2010 and the Yamaha Christmas Composition Contest in 2002. He graduated First Class Honours and Distinction from the Royal College of Music, studying his Master’s Degree with Emmy nominated composer Maurizio Malagnini, as a scholar kindly supported by a Parnassus Award, John Nickson Award, Clifton Parker Award and RCM Award.
He started his musical studies at age four in Yamaha Academy of Music in Mexico City. He has also studied in Superior School of Music, Superior Institute of Music of Veracruz as well as abroad in Austrian Master Classes with Gianfranco Sannicandro and Georg Steinschaden. He has received piano lessons from Mauricio Náder, Farizat Tchibirova, Guadalupe Parrondo, Gustavo Rivero and Kathron Sturrock. Composition with Leonardo Coral, Humberto Hernandez-Medrano, and Vasco Hexel.
Eduardo Andrade has been soloist with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and State of Mexico Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in Ollin Yoliztli and Silvestre Revueltas concert halls and given solo recitals in the Cycle of Young Artists of the National Institute of Fine Arts in MUNAL and Diego Rivera Museum. He has recorded a disc for benefit of Mexico’s Children Hospital which includes one of his compositions. He has appeared in the television program of Armando Manzanero and composed the introductory music to two radio programs broadcasted by ABC radio Mexico.
His music has been performed in Italy, the United Kingdom, Finland and Mexico in venues such as Royal College of Music, National Portrait Gallery, Sala Carlos Chavez and His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.
Website link: www.eduardoandrademusic.com
Essi Kiiski (1990*) is a Finnish violinist currently playing as a freelance orchestral musician with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra. She started her violin studies at the age of six and has graduated from her Master’s Degree in the Royal College of Music with professor Jan Repko. She was member of Southbank Sinfonia in the 2016 edition and played with Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland. She has had violin lessons with Eija Vilkki, Sirkka Kuula, Jaakko Kuusisto, Sirpa Lannes-Tukiainen and Seppo Tukiainen.
Kiiski’s solo debut was at the age of 13 with Kymi Sinfonietta as one of the selected performers for the Young Soloist Concert. She has then been selected two more times to the same event (2007, 2011) and been one of the four soloist playing Vivaldi’s seasons with the youth orchestra of Kotka.
Kiiski has played in various Finnish and British orchestras in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall (inc. London Philharmonic Orchestra), Cadogan Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (RCM), Royal Academy of Music, Temppeliaukio Church, Kotka City Concert Hall, Kouvola City Concert Hall, Kotka City Theatre and Hamina Bastion. She has also given many solo recitals in Finland in Kotka and Hamina. In London Kiiski has premiered Eduardo Andrade Azanza’s pieces in National Portrait Gallery and St. Michael’s Church.
Website link: www.essikiiski.com