Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola studied at the Sibelius Academy, the Curtis Institute of Music and Indiana University Bloomington with Tapani Valsta, Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman and Ferenc Rados. She has been the recipient of many awards including Second Prize and the Public’s Prize at the 1995 Queen Elisabeth Competition, First Prizes at the Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, the 1992 Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki and the 1988 Maurice Ravel Piano Competition in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and the Young Artist Prize in Finland in 1995.
Mikkola has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Wiener KammerOrchester and the Orchestre National de Belgique among many others. She has worked with eminent conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Hannu Lintu, and has performed internationally, including at prestigious venues such as the Herkulessaal, Munich, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, the Tonhalle, Zurich and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Her vast repertoire includes 64 piano concertos, and her discography spans 16 albums, released on Naxos, Cascavelle, Aeon, BIS Records, Toccata Classics and ECM Records. In 2017, Mikkola gave the Finnish premiere of Thomas Adès’s piano concerto In Seven Days in Helsinki with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Collon. Since 2003 Mikkola has been the artistic director of the Iitti Music Festival in Finland.