Liisa is currently working as the Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival, which offers a music programme for a wide variety of tastes in Turku, Finland.
Prior to this, she worked as an artist manager in Paris for the Bureau de Concerts Valmalete, and Harrison Parrott in London.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would love to be the Mona Lisa in Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, just so that I could know what she was thinking about and smiling at.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I’m inspired by great artists who have been able to maintain a career over a long period of time, as well as by influential cultural institution managers. I also have a great admiration for people like Mr. Frick and Mr. Gulbenkian, who built wonderful art collections during their lifetime, and then passed it on to the government or a foundation so that other people could enjoy their artwork. As a child, I was inspired by the late Maya Plisestskaya, she was one of the first world-class artists I ever saw in Finland. Already as a child, I realized that I wanted to work with people like her, creating wonderful experiences and great concerts. I have come to realize that truly great artists and people can afford to be humble and friendly towards everyone.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
There’s so much to see in the world, but I am hoping to be able to discover Asia. I have once been to Japan, but would love to explore the country more (discover the temples and beautiful gardens too). I would also love to visit the Great Wall of China, take the Oriental Express and spend New Year's Eve in Singapore. Next in my list, is to go to ballet shows and operas in Cuba or to Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Paris, London, New York City, Munich and Stockholm.
I have studied and lived in both Paris and London, so I know these two cities quite well, but there’s always something new to discover. New York City is one of the most international cities in the world, a true melting pot - it has the best of what the American culture has to offer. I also love Munich for its traditions and its cultural offering. And finally, Stockholm is a beautiful city that I can easily fly to in only 30 minutes from Turku - it has a wide variety of museums, concert venues and great places for shopping, as well as for food and drink.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I currently work as the Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival, which is an annual music festival in Finland’s historical capital, Turku. We are mainly focused on classical music, but also offer events and concerts for lovers of jazz, dance and other genres.