Kalevi Kiviniemi is a world-renowned concert organist. Kiviniemi’s international career began with recitals in Japan and London in the early 1990s, and soon after he was touring in Europe, the USA, Russia, Asia, Australia and the Philippines. In addition to solo recitals and chamber music concerts, Kiviniemi has appeared with major orchestras such as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the juries of international organ competitions (Nuremberg 1996, Capri 1998, Speyer 2001, Korschenbroich 2005, St. Albans 2013, Strasbourg 2016), and has given master classes at places such as Ruhr University in Bochum and Sibelius Academy in Finland. Kiviniemi was the artistic director of the Lahti Organ Festival for eleven years, from 1991 to 2001.
This year Kalevi Kiviniemi has been invited e.g. to Notre Dame Paris, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Merseburg Dom, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Sejong Art Center in Soul, Korea.
Kiviniemi specializes in French music and has given recitals at Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Sulpice, and Basilique Sainte-Clotilde in Paris. He has also made recordings on the historical Cavaillé-Coll organs in Orléans, and Rouen. Kiviniemi’s discography includes more than 160 titles, including recordings made on historical organs in the USA, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. Many of his recordings have won awards, and he has two gold records, and one platinum. In 2001, Kiviniemi received the Janne Prize for the best Finnish solo disc, and in 2009, the State Prize for Music in Finland, the most coveted music award in the country. In 2012, he was named Chevalier OCM, and in 2014 he received the Pro Cultura Tavastica et Fennica Award in Helsinki.