The Finnish pianist Julia Mustonen is gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting young artists in nothern Europe. Among a number of prizes in International Competitions, she is the winner of Nordic International Piano Competition in 2004 where she was awarded with a Bluethner Grand Piano worth 35.000 Euro. 2006-2008 she performed the Complete Piano Repertoire of Claude Debussy on tours in the Nordic countries.
Born in a Finnish-Russian family, she started to play piano at the age of 3. Growing up in communist Siberia, she was considered a child prodigy and gave concert tours at a very early age, sometimes under inhumane conditions. Traveling around the Siberian region, she had sometimes to play concerts in halls with a temperature of -10C, while it was -40C outdoors. Julia always loved to perform and play for an audience and until now the contact with her audience is central in her artistry.