Mantta Music Festival is an international meeting place for piano friends, presenting world-class pianists and young super promises in the unique environment of the Serlachius Museum Gosta. The festival is led by pianist Niklas Pokki. The idea of a festival of young pianists was born in the late 1990s amongst the piano students of the Sibelius Academy. Where chamber music festivals were on every peninsula, in the archipelago and in the archipelago, every piano festival was completely absent from Finland. So it had to be done on its own. The first Mantta Music Festival was held in the summer of 1999 with great enthusiasm.
A little over 20 year old organizing team, from the beginning, an ambitious, wide-ranging and high-quality festival attracted attention the young pianist was interested in the media. Magazine writing was comprehensive from the start, and in 2001, the celebration was first broadcast on television, when Yle 1 sent Iza Lewenstad's documentary at the Mantta Music Festival. An important milestone was the 5th anniversary celebration in 2003, when the first big piano concert by Kalevi Aho, the musical festival, was performed at the Vilppula Church. The soloist was Antti Siirala and the Symphony Orchestra was directed by Osmo Vanska. In the same year, the Mantta Music Festival was chosen as the Festival of the Year for Finland Festivals together with the Mantta Art Week.