Languages: German, Englisch, Finnish, Swedish
Esa Tapani (1968) began playing the horn at the Lappeenranta music school in 1979. He then studied at the Helsinki Conservatory and the Sibelius-Academy passing his examination with highest marks. Tapani's teachers include Leena Heikkilä, Timo Ronkainen, Michael Hoeltzel, Dale Clevenger and Hermann Baumann. In the years 1990-92 Tapani played in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and 1992-95 in the Symphony Orchestra of the Swedish Radio. From 1995-2007 he was engaged in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tapani has also played since 1986 in Avanti! Chamber Orchestra specializing in modern music. From 2007 Esa Tapani is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.
Esa Tapani was awarded the first prize in the Nordic horn competition 1989. There after he has been active as chamber musician and soloist. The repertoire of Tapani consists of the core of the horn music library and he is especially interested in music of our time. Tapani has been in close cooperation with several Finnish composers. In the view of Tapani such collaboration brings new works closer to the interpreter. A living discussion between composer and performer has an important role in the artist's person of Esa Tapani. Tapani plays also period instruments like natural horn and baroque horn. The possibility to play with an instrument of the composer's period brings the performer closer to the sound world of the composer. According to Tapani, the starting point for musical interpretation is, however, the personality of the performer. Mere authenticity or meticulous execution of the composer's intentions does not suffice to create a living performance.