Janne Oksanen (b. 1994) played his first recital at the age of 15 and since then he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician widely in Finland as well as in Europe and USA. In February 2018 he performed the complete works of Toivo Kuula in Sibafest, Helsinki Music Centre, with national Yle Radio 1 broadcasting. Due to the great success of the concert, the recording was made one year later. His debut album Toivo Kuula: Complete Piano Works was released with Alba Records in September 2019. The album collected praise from several reviews and was included on the Helsingin Sanomat “The Best Albums of 2019” list. The album release was followed by a 33-date concert tour. His second album Armas Järnefelt: Complete Piano Works was released in 2021 and just like its predecessor, received a 5 star review from Helsingin Sanomat, among other great reviews.
Oksanen has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including Oulu Sinfonia, Kymi Sinfonietta, Academy Winds, Vantaa Youth Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2021 Oksanen debuted as a chamber musician with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on a live national TV broadcast. Oksanen has been successful in various national and international competitions such as Helmi Vesa 2019, Nordic Piano Competition 2017 in Sweden, Madetoja Piano Competition 2012 and Citta di Ghioggia in Italy 2009.
Oksanen is a pursuing pedagogue as well. The Taubman Approach, an ergonomic approach to piano playing healed his long-term playing injuries in 2017 and he has been studying and teaching the approach ever since. He gave a lecture and a masterclass in Lapland Music Institute in 2018.
Oksanen graduated as a Master of Music in 2020 from Sibelius Academy where he studied with Risto-Matti Marin. In 2014-2015 he studied in Conservatoire de Paris with Denis Pascal. His previous teachers include Teppo Koivisto and Rebekka Angervo. He has participated in masterclasses with Pascal Devoyon, Konstantin Bogino, Edna Golandsky, Malcolm Bilson, Alberto Nose, Liisa Pohjola and Matti Raekallio. He has also studied conducting.
Oksanen has been the recipient of various scholarships and stipends from many of the most prestigious cultural foundations in Finland including the Finnish Culture Foundation, Jenny & Antti Wihuri’s Foundation and Martin Wegelius Foundation among others.