For its first edition, Cellofest gathers more than 30 musicians from all over the world in Helsinki to perform a very colorful program.
Boris Andrianov is the Artistic Director of and the inspiration behind the new Star Generation project, which produces and manages concerts by talented young musicians in all cities and regions throughout Russia. For this project, in 2009 Boris Andrianov was awarded the Russian Federation Prize for Culture. In 2008 Moscow hosted the first-ever cello festival in Russia, VIVACELLO festival the Artistic Director of which is Boris Andrianov.
Boris Andrianov was born in 1976 to a family of musicians. He graduated from the Moscow Gnessins’ School of Music, later studying at the Moscow State Conservatoire (class of Natalia Shakhovskaya) and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under the tutelage of David Geringas. In 1991 Boris Andrianov was allocated a grant by the New Names programme.
Boris Andrianov has been a prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition, the International Shostakovich Competition Classica Nova in Hannover (together with Alexei Goribol, 1st prize, 1997), the VI International Mstislav Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris (1997), the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (3rd prize and Bronze Medal, 1998), the International Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb (1st prize and special awards, 2000) and the International Isang Yun Competition in South Korea (2003).
He performs with symphony and chamber orchestras, among them are Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, t Orchestre National de France, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Kammerorchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic and t Kammerorchester Wien. He has also performed with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, Vasily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Roman Kofman and others. Boris Andrianov has frequently appeared under renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, performing his Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra. Boris Andrianov performs a vast amount of chamber music; His chamber partners include Yuri Bashmet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Menahem Pressler, Akiko Suwanai, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Ghindin, Maxim Rysanov, Boris Brovtsyn and many others
Boris Andrianov performs concerts at Russia’s finest venues as well as at prestigious concert halls in The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, France, South Africa, South Korea, India and China among other countries. In September 2006, Boris Andrianov performed concerts in Grozny (Chechnya). These were the first classical music concerts in the republic since the start of the Chechen War.
Andrianov has participated in many international festivals, such as the Swedish Royal Festival, the Ludwigsburg Music Festival, Dubrovnik Music Festival, Crescendo Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Homecoming Festival, Davos Music Festival and many others.
In 2003, Delos Records released an album by Boris Andrianov recorded together with leading Russian guitarist Dimitri Illarionov; this recording was in the preliminary list of nominations for a Grammy award. In September 2007 Boris Andrianov’s CD, recorded with pianist Rem Urasin, became Gramophone magazine’s “Choice of the Month” CD.
In 2014-2015 Boris released 4 new CD’s! One of them is with the Grammy Award Winner, Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov, another CD is with J.S. Bach Three Gamba Sonatas in transcription for cello and bayan with famous Russian bayan player Yuri Medyanik. Two other CD’s, with Dimitry Illarionov (4 folk suites) and with Rem Urasin (original transcriptions of Shostakovich and Rachmaninov music) were released in Paris and London.
Since 2005, Andrianov has played the “Domenico Montagnana” cello from the Russian State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments. Since 2009 he is a professor of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Cellist Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent from a very early age. She began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano. Sujari is the recipient of prestigious awards, competitions, and scholarships. She studied with noted pedagogue Marion Feldman at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree. She presently studies with distinguished cellist and pedagogue, Martti Rousi, Sibelius Academy where she is a Master’s student of classical cello performance. Sujari has delighted international audiences as a soloist and with orchestral accompaniment. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, WQXR Radio, Madison Square Garden, Gracie Mansion, the White House, among others. Sujari is featured in multi-media including StayThirsty, THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, NBC, TED Talks, Katie!, Ebony.com, and Time Magazine.
Yibai was born in 2001 and embarked on his cello career since he was five years old and has been trained under Professor Meijuan Liu until the end of 2016.
In February 2018 Yibai has won the third prize in 11th Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. In September of the same year, he has won the second prize in the Enescu International Cello Competition in Bucharest.
Yibai was a student in Music Middle School Affiliated To Shanghai Conservatory Of Music. He was invited by the University of Cambridge in July 2012 for a visit there for a performance. In January 2013 and 2015 he has passed the admission test of Morningside Music Bridge, an international music program by Mount Royal University in Canada and then joined its summer campus event in the full month of July. In November 2016 he has joined Cello Akademie Rutesheim and took a masterclass given by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. At the final concert, he has been chosen to perform Sarasate ‘Zigeunerweisen’ with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim for the closing concert of the Festival. He also took part in masterclasses given by David Geringas, Jens Peter Maintz, Jian Wang, Marti Rousi, Liwei Qin and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
In August 2018 he’s performed Haydn’s C major Cello Concerto with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Agnieszka Duczmal as part of the renown Festival „Chopin and his Europe“ at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Among other performances during the upcoming season, he’ll perform Prokofjew’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz directed by Eckart Manke.
Currently, Yibai is studying with Professor Danjulo Ishizaka at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Yibai Chen plays an instrument by renowned French maker Gustave Bernardel 1894, kindly loaned for Cellofest.fi by Toonika.
Leonardo Chiodo is a Finnish cellist that won the XIII Turku Cello Competition in Finland, in February 2018. Previously, In 2016 he also won First Prize at the X International Youth Competition in memory of E.A. Mravinsky, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Leonardo Chiodo was born in Helsinki, Finland in1998. From 2010 until spring 2018 he studied at the Sibelius Academy’s Junior Department with lecturer Hannu Kiiski and professor Martti Rousi.
Leonardo has actively attended international Masterclasses, receiving advice from prominent cellists such as Arto Noras, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Ivan Monighetti, Jiang Wang, Young Chang Cho, Enrico Bronzi, Ola Karlsson, Morten Zeuthen, Nils Ullner, Anssi Karttunen, Niklas Schmidt, Young-Hoon Song, Emanuel Gruber and many other great cellists. Leonardo has also been regularly invited to play as a soloist for orchestra conducting Masterclasses organized by the Finnish conductor, Academician Jorma Panula, and by Academy professor for conducting, Atso Almila.
As a young musician Leonardo has played as soloist, chamber musician and in orchestras in many events in Finland and abroad in China, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, and Lithuania. He has built a considerable repertoire for his age.
Leonardo has received important material support and scholarships by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Wihuri Fund, the Martin Wegelius Memory Foundation, the Sibelius Academy Support Foundation, the Finnish Music Arts Foundation, the OP Group Arts Foundation, the Rotary Clubs of Siena and Portogruaro, Italy, and private sponsors.
Leonardo plays on a historical violoncello made by Nicolas Lupot in 1795, made available to him by the OP Group Arts Foundation. His bow is a Pierre Simon.
Born in 1994, Brannon Cho is the First Prize winner of the 6th International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki Finland. He is also a top prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth, Naumburg, Cassadó, and Johansen International Cello Competitions. He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique Royale Liège, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Lahti, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the Pyeongchang Music Festival Orchestra under world-renowned conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Christian Arming, and Susanna Mälkki. As an avid chamber musician, Cho has shared the stage with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, and Joshua Bell. Cho’s festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Verbier Festival Academy, Kronberg Academy “Chamber Music Connects the World”, Music@Menlo’s International Program, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Encounters. His recent and upcoming solo performance highlights include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the International Cello Institute, and the Matinee Musicale in Cincinnati. Cho received his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under Hans Jørgen Jensen, and is now the only cellist in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the New England Conservatory, where he studies with Laurence Lesser. Cho plays a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668 in Modena, Italy.
An insatiable musician-researcher, atypical cellist, renowned teacher and founder of Les Basses Réunies, Bruno Cocset gives the Baroque cello its own individual voice, nourished by a constant quest for the perfect synergy of the instrumental and musical gesture. This work on sonority and organology carried out in tandem with the luthier and instrument maker Charles Riché has given birth to twelve instruments, imagined, conceived and played for different concert and recording programmes.
It was after his studies in Tours and a period at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon that Bruno Cocset began to play the Baroque cello with its gut strings, first of all, teaching himself, then working with Christophe Coin (he was the first graduate from Coin’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris in 1986). He also attended masterclasses under the cellist Anner Bijlsma and the violinist Jaap Schröder.
After this, he spent twenty years as a ‘nomadic cellist’, a period rich in musical encounters and experiences with the most ardent champions of the Baroque scene. His most frequent home bases in those days were Gérard Lesne’s Il Seminario Musicale and Jordi Savall’s Le Concert des Nations and Hespèrion XX-XXI.
In 1996 he founded Les Basses Réunies and recorded the cello sonatas of Vivaldi (winner of the Premio Vivaldi of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini), the first release in an abundant discography on the Alpha label : Barrière, Geminiani and Boccherini (vol 1 & 2), the canzonas of Frescobaldi, the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba, Tobias Hume’s pieces for lyra viols in collaboration with the gambist Guido Balestracci, a second volume of sonatas by Barrière, Give me your Hand (Geminiani & the Celtic earth) and in collaboration with the musicologist Marc Vanscheeuwijck a book with 5 cd CELLO STORIES. He has also recorded La nascita del violoncello (Gabrielli),
Fantasias (Purcell), Caprices & Sonates (Dall’Abaco) and Vivaldi concerto for the AgOgique Label.
Bruno Cocset is regularly invited to play in France and the rest of Europe, in Québec and in Russia, and also devotes much of his time to transmission: he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris since 2001 and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva since September 2005, and from 2002 to 2013 he also taught at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, where he created the historical cello class. His Master Classes have taken him to Poland, Russia, Romania, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain and in France at the Fondation Royaumont.
In 2011 he founded the Vannes Early Music Institute (Brittany), which comprises notably a European Academy of early music (8 editions), an instrument-making workshop and a resource center devoted to repertories from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century.
Luca Giovannini, 18 years old, approaches the cello at the age of 8. He studies under the guidance of Maestro Luca Simoncini at the Conservatoire “F.Venezze” in Rovigo(Italy) and Laureated in 2017 with 10 lodes and mention. Luca has immediately shown a great attitude on the instrument and he has been rewarded in many international competition since 2011 when he received the absolute first prize at the contest “Crescendo”. In 2012 he was again the winner of the same contest also gaining the prize of best cellist “Aldo Provenzani”. Always in 2012, Luca achieved two more absolute first prizes: Tenth Contest of Riccione city and Fourth Salieri Contest in Legnago. In 2013 he was again absolute first prize in the Contest “Foster a Musician” in Forlí. In all these contests Luca has been rewarded for 3 years. In 2014 Luca could show his great musicianship winning the first absolute prize at Giussano Contest, the first absolute prize for the string section of T.I.M with final in Paris. In the same year Luca has also been awarded as Outstanding Musician at the Ibla Gran Prize Contest with two bursaries and a USA concert, first prize and winner of the “Maura Giorgetti” bursary at the Scala Theatre in Milan, second prize at the at the International Contest Antonio Janigro. In 2015 Luca gains more absolute prizes: Magnani Prize at Sixth Contest A.Salieri -Legnago; first absolute prize at with special distinction from the panel at A.Zinetti contest in Sanguinetto, plus a medal from the Presidency of Senate; first absolute prize at the contest Cittá di Castel San Giovanni.
2016 has been another great year of success for Luca who won the first absolute prize at the International Music Competition London Gran Prize, first absolute prize at the Salzburg Gran Prize, Rising Stars Berlin and third prize at Alice&Eleonora Schoenfeld International String Competition Harbin in China. In 2017 has been absolute winner of the international contest Monterosa-Kawai in Varallo Sesia, 2018 and first prize at Castrocaro Terme, first prize at J. Brahms Competition.
Luca has also attended a number of cello masterclasses under the guidance of Luca Simoncini, Enrico Dindo, Giovanni Sollima, Lynn Harrell, David Geringas, Pier Narciso Masi, Bruno Canino, I. Monighetti (Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy), N. Gutman. He has performed as a soloist with the Padova and Veneto Orchestra, with “I Virtuosi Italiani” and “Solisti Veneti”.
Luca is regularly invited to perform in a number of prestigious concert events and venues, we can mention the debut of the music season “Verdi Talenti” in Busseto, Salone dei Ciquecento in Florence, Palazzo Cavagni in Venice, Villa Huck in Ticino Canton -Switzerland, Maffeiana Hall in Verona where Luca performed with “I Virtuosi Italiani” , Beata Vergine del Soccorso Rotonda Temple in Rovigo, Rovigo Theatre, , Auditorium R.L. Montalcini in Riccione, Villa Corsini in Castello Florence, Alle Grazie Theatre in Bergamo, Salieri Theatre Legnago , Palazzo Roverella in Rovigo, Palazzo Ragazzoni in Sacile, Apollinee halls of Fenice in Venice, University Main hall in Venice, Saint Agostino Theatre in Atri , Argenta in Little Rock Arkansas, Italian House Zerilli Marimo in New York , Carnegie Hall in New York, Alghero city Theatre, Sala degli Affreschi in Milan, Accademia Concordi in Rovigo, Bon Theatre Pordenone, Alighieri Theatre in Ravenna, Philarmonie Theatre in Berlin and Salzburg Mozarteum, Harbin Opera House in China.
Luca has also played for the Italian tv
Luca Giovannini plays an A. Poggi cello dated 1926, owned by Mario Brunello.
Jaani Helander (s. 1989) valmistui musiikin maisteriksi Sibelius-Akatemiasta vuonna 2013 professori Martti Rousin luokalta ja on siitä lähtien ollut Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin jäsen.. Tällä hetkellä hän opiskelee professori Natalia Gutmanin johdolla Scuola di Musica di Fiesolessa Italiassa. Hän toimii myös Sibelius-Akatemiassa sellon tuntiopettajana.
Helander voitti toisen palkinnon Turun sellokilpailussa 2010 ja ensimmäisen palkinnon jousisoitinkilpailussa ISA-festivaalilla Itävallassa samana vuonna.
Kamarimuusikkona Helander on esiintynyt kotimaan lisäksi mm. Yhdysvalloissa, Israelissa ja Kreikassa. Helander toimii uuden Helsinki Chamber Music Festivalin taiteellisena johtajana yhdessä viulisti Kreeta-Julia Heikkilän kanssa. Heikkilän ja pianisti Jaan Otsin kanssa Helander on perustanut Trio Teoksen, jonka ensikonsertti oli Tallinn Chamber Music Festivalilla elokuussa 2017.
Jaani Helander soittaa Finlandssvenska Instrumentfondenin italialaisella Vincenzo Postiglione -sellolla vuodelta 1914.
Lempäälästä lähtöisin oleva Lauri Kankkunen (s.1990) aloitti sellonsoiton 5-vuotiaana. Hän voitti III palkinnon Turun XII Sellokilpailussa helmikuussa 2014. Kankkunen on esiintynyt mm. Radion sinfoniaorkesterin, Turun kaupunginorkesterin ja Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesterin solistina ja kamarimuusikkona mm. Kuhmon Kamarimusiikissa, Santander International Music Festivalilla Espanjassa, Iitin musiikkijuhlilla, Sysmän Suvisoitossa, Helsingin Juhlaviikoilla, Helsinki Chamber Music Festivalilla sekä Helsingin Kamarikesässä. Suomen ulkopuolella Kankkunen on esiintynyt useimmissa Euroopan maissa.
Lauri Kankkunen on Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin 2. soolosellisti. Aikaisemmin hän on työskennellyt mm. Tampere Filharmonian sellon äänenjohtajana. Lisäksi hän soittaa klassista musiikkia ja jazzia yhdistelevässä Pushkin Quintetissa.
Kankkusen on tärkeimpiä opettajia ovat olleet Pauli Heikkinen, Martti Rousi ja Truls Mørk. Mestarikursseilla häntä ovat opettaneet mm. David Geringas, Frans Helmerson ja Menahem Pressler.
Kankkusella on käytössään Pro Filharmonia ry:n omistama Giacomo Rivolta -sello vuodelta 1810. Häntä ovat myös tukeneet mm. Martin Wegelius –säätiö, Wihurin säätiö, Pro Musica –säätiö, OP Ryhmän Taidesäätiö, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö sekä Suomen ja Pirkanmaan Kulttuurirahastot.
Vapaa-ajallaan Kankkunen nauttii jalkapallosta sekä itse pelaten että sivusta seuraten.
Ola Karlsson, born in 1952, started at the age of 10 to play the cello under Bertil Jernbom in Nyköping. In 1969 he became a student of Prof. Erling Blöndal Bengtsson at the Swedish Radio Music School at Edsberg Castle. After receiving his solo diploma he continued his studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, where he received the Carl Nielsen Price. This, plus a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm made further studies possible with professor Prof. Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles 1975-76.
In 1985 Ola Karlsson was appointed to the position of principal cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra where he has been collaborating with famous conductors also as a soloist, f. ex. Manfred Honeck, , Esa-Pekka Salonen, Evgenij Svetlanov, Leif Segerstam and Mark Wigglesworth. Since 2013 he collaborates with the eminent Russian pianist Valeria Resjan in duo recitals and recordings.
Besides his concerts in Sweden an abroad with leading artists, plus radio and TV appearances, Ola Karlsson is also Professor and responsible for the cello education at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as being the director of the string orchestra. He has also given prominent master classes during Umeå’s International Chamber Music Festival, Gotland Baltic Music Academy and has been guest teaching in Hungary, Italy, Canada, USA, Estonia, Finland, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, and China.
In 1986 Ola Karlsson began to have an interest in conducting and since then has successfully been a guest conductor of most of the major symphony orchestras in Sweden. He appears often as a soloist and a conductor, sometimes in combination with cello and winds, where he has cultivated a unique repertoire.
Among his recordings on CD and for the radio are Hilding Rosenberg’s 2nd Cello Concerto, several Piatigorsky cello transcriptions, concertos by Elgar, Dvorák, Schumann, Walton, Vasks plus numerous chamber works. He has twice been awarded the Swedish recording price, “Grammy”. Ola Karlsson plays often and with great pleasure the so-called standard repertoire of the cello literature, for example the Bach’s suites for cello solo, Beethoven’s sonatas etc, but he also has a very extensive knowledge of the repertoire that is not so often performed, but can be an interesting acquaintance for the new listener.
Ola Karlsson plays on a cello made by the Swedish Master Maker, Peter Westerlund 2007.
Hannu Kiiski (1956) was born in Virrat and started to study cello at the age of 8, at first in Tampere and then in the Sibelius-Academy with Erkki Rautio and Arto Noras. The year 1973-74 he studied in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Oliver Edel.
He has been teaching in the Sibelius-Academy for 42 years so far.
He is the founder and the primus motor of Total Cello Ensemble.
Anna Koshkina was born in Kaliningrad in the 1993 year, began studying the cello at age 6. In 2017 she finished P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, professor – Boris Andrianov. Now Anna is a student of Univesität der Künste Berlin, professor- Danjulo Ishizaka.
She played a recital with Gnesin Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,conductor – M.Khohlov in Moscow at age 8, State Chamber Orchestra “Virtuosos of Moscow” – V.Spivakov in Moscow at age 13 Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, conductor- A.Feldman and Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra, conductor- A.Andreev , Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra, conductor- D.Russu in Ulyanovsk, Vladimir Gonernor’s Symphony Orchestra, conductor- A.Markin.
Anna is a winner of many international competitions, among others, are International Competition “Young virtuosos”-2017 in Bulgaria, winner of Riga 2018 International competition.
Played on one stage with such great musicians like Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Vilde Frang, Alina Pogostkina, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Barnabaš Kelemen, Itamar Golan, Shlomo Mintz.
Took part in famous festivals like Chamber music festival “Vivarte” in Moscow, “Homecoming” in Estonia, Pablo Casals International Music Festival and master-classes with David Geringas , Natalia Shahovskaya, Ivan Monigetty, Giovanni Sollima, J-P Mainz, Troels Svane, Claudio Bohorquez, Stefan Popov, Leonid Gorohov, Laslo Fenyo, Aleksandr Rudin.
Also, she is a grant-holder of scholarship concern “Hundai Motors”, Moscow.
Laura Martin is one of the rare musicians to have built her own instrument. She was then 17, and this cello became her musical partner for several years. This unforgettable process opened to her the universe of sound making from its deepest origin. Born in Paris in 1992, Laura Martin began playing the cello in France before to continue her studies at the Brussels’ Royal Conservatory with Marie Hallynck and later on with Martti Rousi at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki. Laura has participated in various projects and masterclasses such as the Festival Pablo Casals, the Villecroze Academy, the Cello Biennale of Amsterdam (2016), the 9th Osaka chamber music competition, and the Creative Dialogue IX with Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen. Laura Martin has also collaborated with artists like the violinist Mihaela Martin, the pianists Kyoko Ashimoto, Martti Rautio, Valeria Resjan, Irina Zahharenkova, and the soprano Piia Komsi. With the cello ensemble of Martti Rousi, she has had the opportunity to perform at the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg and at the Teatro Rossini of Pesaro. Most recently, in the summer of 2018, she was invited to be a Professional Performance Artist at the Boston Music Institute’s 12 Hour Masterclasses with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and then participated in the music festival of Santander in Spain. Based in Helsinki, Laura sometimes performs with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Orchestra.
Born in June 2000, he began studying the cello at the age of 5 years, obtaining the Diploma of Cello at the age of 17 at the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, with honor and special mention, never assigned before to a cellist in the history of Bari Conservatory.
In 2013 he was admitted to the High-Level Courses of the Academy of the Stauffer Foundation of Cremona with the praise of Maestro Rocco Filippini for his musical and technical skills, being the youngest cellist ever admitted. On June 22, 2016, he received from the Italian President of the Parliament the Medal of Merit for his artistic merits in the national and international field. In May 2017 he performed in concert at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky House Museum in Klin for the Tchaikovsky Spring Festival – Tchaikovsky Competition Stars. In June 2017 he was Prizewinner and Laureate at the X Tchaikovsky International Competition for young musicians, the unique Italian musician awarded in the history of the Competition. In September 2017 he performed as a soloist, accompanied by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, at the 5th International Russian and Italian culture festival “Oci ciornie”. In May 2018 he performed at 2nd Tchaikovsky International Festival in Moscow at Gnessin Concert Hall. He studied in many masterclasses and lessons with Rocco Filippini, Natalia Shakohovskaya, Ivan Monighetti, Kirill Rodin, Massimo Polidori, Mario Brunello, Maria Kliegel. At the moment, he studies with Martti Rousi. He plays a cello Ettore Soffritti.
Sellisti Sirja Nironen esiintyy aktiivisesti solistina, kamari- ja orkesterimuusikkona, sekä nykymusiikin ja kevyen musiikin yhtyeissä. Hänet on palkittu Rooman Grand Prize Virtuoso -kilpailussa 1. palkinnolla joulukuussa 2017, ja Turun sellokilpailussa 3. palkinnolla ja Yleisradion erikoispalkinnolla helmikuussa 2018. Nironen on valmistunut musiikin kandidaatiksi Frans Helmersonin ja Martti Rousin luokilta Berliinin Hanns Eisler -musiikkikorkeakoulusta ja Sibelius-Akatemiasta, ja viimeistelee tällä hetkellä maisterintutkintoaan Helsingissä. Hänen aikaisempia opettajiaan ovat olleet Taru Aarnio, Hannu Kiiski ja Arto Noras.
At only 22 years old, French cellist Aurélien Pascal already commands international attention for his unparalleled virtuosity and musical intuition. Laureate of several prestigious international competitions, including Second Prize of at the 2013 International Paulo Competition and the Grand Prix, Prix du Public at the 2014 Emanuel Feuermann Competition, he was recently Fourth prizewinner and the youngest finalist in the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition.
Aurélien Pascal has performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hiroshima Symphony, Kansai Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken, Barcelona Symphony and National des Pays de la Loire orchestras. He is a regular guest of many French Festivals: Sceaux, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Montpellier Radio-France, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Prades, Schloss Elmau, Beethoven, Russian Chamber Music, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, where he was awarded the ‘Audience’s Prize’ in 2015.
Highlights of 2017/2018 include his debuts with the Tapei Symphony Orchestra and Gilbert Varga, with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Okko Kamu and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Highlights of 2018/2019 include Koln Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Music Festival, Rencontres Internationales Georges Enescu.
Aurélien Pascal plays chamber music with Christian Tetzlaff, Augustin Dumay, András Schiff, Eric Le Sage, Paloma Kouider, Emmanuel Pahud, and Modigliani Quartet.
Born into a family of musicians, he studied in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Philippe Muller, attended master-classes given by János Starker in Paris, Basel, and Bloomington, as well as studying with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman at the Kronberg Academy.
Aurélien Pascal recorded Brahms Sextet and Danzi Cello Concerto which has been released in 2018 on Sony.
Aurélien Pascal plays a French cello made in 1850 by Charles-Adolphe Gand.
Suomalais-hollantilaisen JONATHAN ROOZEMANin ( 20 v ), sellistin ura sai lisävauhtia vuonna 2015, kun hänet palkittiin kansainvälisesti arvostetussa Tshaikovski-kilpalussa kuudennella palkinnolla vain 17-vuotiaana. Muusta kilpailumenestyksestä mainittakoon erikoispalkinto Turun sellokilpailussa vasta 12-vuotiaalle Roozemanille, sekä finaalipaikka vuoden 2015 Naumburg-kilpailussa New Yorkissa. Menestys Tshaikovski-kilpailussa johti heti lukuisiin esiintymiskutsuihin sekä resitaalikonsertteihin että orkestereiden solistiksi muunmuassa Valery Gergijevin johtaman Mariinsky-teatterin orkesterin kanssa. Muita yhteistyökumppaneita ovat olleet mm. Radion sinfoniaorkesteri, Pietarin filharmonikot ja Tokyo New City Orchestra ,sekä kapellimestarit Sakari Oramo ja Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Keväällä 2017 Roozeman teki tiivistä yhteistyötä Sinfonia Lahden kanssa Okko Kamun ja Osmo Vänskän johdolla. Kauden kohokohtiin kuului elokuinen Esa-Pekka Salosen teoksen Mania esityskiertue säveltäjän johtaessa Helsingissä, Tukholmassa ja New Yorkissa. Kevään 2018 huippuhetkiin kuului kamarimusisointi Christian Tetzlaffin, Andras Schiffin ja Gidon Kremerin kanssa Saksassa Chamber Music Connects the World -festivaalilla. Kesän 2018 festivaaleista mainittakoon: Naantalin musiikkijuhlat (mm Ralf Gothoni), Hiiumaan( mm.Eric Schumann, Kalle Randalu), Ozawa Academy (konsertit Genevessä, Pariisissa ja Japanissa), Stars of the White Nights festivaali Pietarissa (oma resitaali isossa konserttisalissa ja Dvorakin sellokonsertto), Tammisaari( Jukka-Pekka Sarasteen ja SKO:n kanssa mm Saint-Saensin sellokonsertto ), Cervia de Ter festivaali Espanjassa Tulevista konserteista mainittakoon Verbier festivaali Schloss Elamaussa, debyytti BBC orkesterin kanssa. Lisäksi orkesterin solistina mm HKO:n ( Osmo Vänskä), ja RSO:n (E-P Salonen), Tapiola Sinfoniettan kanssa, Tokiossa, Etelä Afrikassa, resitaaleja Kanadassa, Ruotsissa. Roozeman opiskelee sellonsoittoa Kronberg Academyssä Frans Helmersonin luokalla. Aiemmin hän on opiskellut Sibelius-Akatemiassa nuorisokoulutuksessa Martti Rousin opissa. Roozeman soittaa Suomen Kulttuurirahaston hänelle myöntämällä italialaisella David Tecchler -sellolla vuodelta 1707
Martti Rousi is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He is internationally known both as a soloist and a pedagogue. After playing piano for 2 years Martti Rousi begun his cello studies inspired by the strong Finnish cello school. His early teachers were Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. In 1979 he moved to the Sibelius- Academy to continue his studies with Prof Arto Noras. At age of 21, he won the first prize at Turku cello competition and was invited as a soloist by all major Finnish symphony orchestras. In 1985 he received Fulbright scholarship to study with Prof Janos Starker at the Indiana University winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularly had masterclasses with William Pleeth and Valter Deshpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman.
In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the VIII Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Since that he has been performing with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras like Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio symphonies,Copenhagen Philharmonic,CBSO in Birmingham, Mariinsky orchestra,Moscow Symphony, Polish and Hungarian national orchestras, Statsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz, Shanghai and Johannesburg Philharmonic working with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valeri Gergiev, Okko Kamu, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Olli Mustonen, Ari Rasilainen, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Krivine, Bernhart Klee, Joseph Swensen and Muhai Tang. Rousi has an extensive repertoire with smaller orchestras from baroque to modern appearing with Moscow, Munich, Ostrobotnia, Tallinn and Toulouse chamber orchestras.
During 1990s Rousi played in piano trio with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Peter Nagy, performing also Beethoven triple and Brahms double concertos. In recitals, he appears with pianists like Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Henri Sigfridsson, Laura Mikkola, Massimo Somenzi and Juhani Lagerspetz. He is also invited to many leading chamber music festivals all over the world. Between 1993 and 2009 Rousi was the artistic director of Turku music festival, during his years many legendary artists like Svjatoslav Richter, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Azkenazy, Valeri Gergiev and Lang Lang appeared there. In 2010 he became the artistic director of SIBAFEST in Helsinki, 2010-2011 he was artistic director of Sibelius –series at Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna. 2012 he was named artistic director of Suvisoitto in Sysmä. He has been serving as a jury member for major international competitions like the XIV Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow 2011and 2015, Vittorio Gui in Florence, Lyon International duo competition, Eleanore Schoenfeld competition, Mravinsky competition, Solistpriset in Stockholm and Paulo cello competition in Helsinki.
Since 1995 Rousi has been professor of cello at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His cello class there is attracting talents from around the world. In 2016 he was invited to be a guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of music.In 2010 Rousi formed a cello ensemble Sibelius academy cello virtuosi with his best students and since they have been performing in prominent concert halls like Mariinsky concert hall, Tampere talo and Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna. Summer 2017 they were invited to prestigious Stars of the White Nights festival. Rousi is invited to do masterclasses in leading academies on all continents, he regularly teaches at the House of Music in St Petersburg. His recordings include several solo and chamber recordings for ONDINE and FINLANDIA labels. He plays on cellos by Carlo Giuseppe Testore from 1690 and J-B Lefevre from 1760, his favorite bow is FX Tourte from 1810.
Raimo Sariola (born 1953) studied cello with Erkki Rautio 1968-72 and Arto Noras 1975-78 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and abroad with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow 1972-74 and Paul Tortelier at the Conservatoire National de Région a Nice 1979. Sariola made his Diploma 1976 and the Doctor of Music degree 1990 at the Sibelius Academy. He was the first to complete there the Doctor of Music degree in the artistic programme. Sariola shared the 1st prize at the National Cello Competition in Turku 1972. He got semifinal diplomas at the Tchaikovsky Competitions 1974 and 1978 and 3rd prize at the International Cello Competition in Bristol 1977.
Sariola played his debut concert with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 1973 and a debut recital in Helsinki 1977. Since then he has carried out an intensive concert career as a soloist and a chamber musician in Finland and abroad. Sariola has had concert tours in Scandinavia, Italy, the former Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, Indonesia, the Philippines and in the USA. Sariola has played first performances of Esko Syvinki and Kari Tikka cello concertos. He played first performances in Finland of John Tavener’s “Sviati” and cello concerto “The Protecting Veil” 1998. Sariola recorded Sibelius’ cello music with Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna for Finlandia Records 1985. He has made numerous radio and TV performances and recordings, for example, cello music by Jean Sibelius for Finnish TV 1987 and first recording of Early Cello Pieces by Jean Sibelius for the Finnish Radio 1999. He has recorded with the Radio Symphony Orchestra concertos by Syvinki, Rautavaara and Shostakovich 1st.
Sariola has worked as the lecturer of cello playing at the Sibelius Academy since 1980. He has given master classes in Finland, Sweden and Latvia. In the 90’s he was the Head of the Solo studies and the 2nd Vice Rector.
Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire, he was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Mr. Stern’s encouragement and support paved the way for him to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Jian Wang has performed with many of the worlds leading orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, , London Symphony, the Halle, the BBC orchestras, Zurich Tonhalle, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Mahler Chamber, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Sawallisch, Jarvi, Chailly, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Chung, Gilbert, Van Zweden and Gustavo Dudamel. As a jury member, Jian Wang has judged many of the most important competitions, including the Tchaikovsky cello competition, the Queen Elizabeth cello competition, the Isaac Stern violin competition and the Nielsen violin competition.
Jian Wang has made many recordings, his latest releases being the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also recorded an album of short pieces for Cello and Guitar titled Reverie, the complete Bach Cello Suites and a Baroque Album with the Camerata Salzburg, Brahms Double Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham, the Haydn Concerti with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (with Myung-Whun Chung, Gil Shaham and Paul Meyer) and Brahms, Mozart and Schumann chamber music with Pires and Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.
Alexander Warenberg (1998) was born in Voorburg (The Netherlands) into a family of professional musicians. He has studied under Professor Monique Bartels since he was 8 years old at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since October 2016, Alexander studies under Professor Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. In October 2016 he won first prize in the Cello Biënnale Competition in Amsterdam as well as the public award. He also won first prizes in the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, the Dutch Britten Cello Competition, the National Competition for Young Musicians and the Prinses Christina Competition. Alexander is active as a soloist and as a chamber music performer. He has played with several orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad. He has performed several times in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as for Dutch television and radio. As a chamber musician, he performed with Menahem Pressler, Denis Kozhukhin, Gil Sharon, Paolo Giacometti and Lucas Jussen. In 2017 Alexander took part in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy. Alexander has also been an invited performer at the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, the Festival Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, the Cello Biënnale, Chamber Music Festival Amsterdam and Festival Wonderfeel. Alexander receives a scholarship of the VandenEndeFoundation. He also received a scholarship from the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, which gives him the opportunity to participate in their Masterclasses. He had masterclasses with Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Jens-Peter Maintz. Alexander plays on a 1845 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello, which he has on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Xavi Castello serves as Principal Percussionist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. Born in Aielo de Malferit, Valencia (Spain), he finished his diploma in CSMC (Tenerife) and his postgraduate in CSMA (Aragón), with Wieland Welzel and Franz Schindlbeck from Berlin Philharmonic, and Jean Geoffrey from CNSM (Paris).
Awarded with the first prize in the international percussion competition, Perkulliria 2011, he continued his studies in Madrid with Raúl Benavent and Esaú Borredá, were he developed a passion for contemporary music and percussion music in his vast variety.
Mikael Kemppainen studied the piano at the Sibelius Academy, first under Minna Pöllänen and later under Professor Liisa Pohjola. He has complemented his studies by attending numerous masterclasses in Finland and abroad. He has also studied chamber music at the Sibelius Academy under Ralf Gothóni and Lied under Ilmo Ranta and Hartmut Höll. Kemppainen has won many awards in piano and chamber music competitions. Following the awards, he has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras. In addition, he has made radio recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Kemppainen has always been an active chamber musician, and his repertoire with string ensembles, in particular, is vast. He works as an accompanist at Turku Conservatory and serves as a pianist in several masterclasses and competitions.
In France, he played as a soloist at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Salle Gaveau, and the Théâtre du Châtelet. He also played with the National Orchestras of Lyon, Toulouse and Bordeaux, as well as the Besançon Orchestra and Orchestra of Auvergne and the historic ensemble « Les Siècles » conducted by François-Xavier Roth with whom he recorded the famous two Chopin Concertos on a Pleyel piano.He also played with the New Japan Philharmonic and with the San Francisco Chamber Philharmonic and Pacific Chamber Orchestra in the USA. He also gave concerts in New York at the Merkin and Alice Tully Concert Halls, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington.Denis Pascal is much sought after by partners such as Janos Starker, Tedi Papavrami, Corey Cerovsek, Philippe Graffin, and the Diotima String Quartett – to name just a few – or the late flutist Alain Marion with whom he recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas.
He has been awarded several times for his recordings of Liszt’s 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, receiving the «Choc du Monde de la Musique», «Classica Award» and the Prize of the Franz Liszt Association.
He is also very interested in rare music and had great success with the world première of Joseph Marx’s piano music. In March 2008, his recording dedicated to Jean Wiener’s music was awarded by a Diapason d’Or.
Numbers of composers have written for him, such as Régis Campo, Jean-Philippe Bec and Guillaume Connesson.
Denis Pascal’s individual style when playing the great repertoire (Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Ravel piano concertos…) and his defending of composers who are rarely played in concert halls such as Cyril Scott, Joseph Marx, York Bowen, Ernest Chausson and Florent Schmidt place him among the finest French pianists of his generation.
Valeria Resian began her piano studies in Russia. She moved to Finland with her parents in 1990 and continued her studies at the Sibelius Academy with Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris. She also studied chamber music with Ralph Gothoni. In 1996-97, she studied at the Reina Sofía High Music School with Dmitri Bashkirov.
In 1992 Valeria Resjan won the National Maj Lind Piano Competition together with Laura Mikkola. In 1995 she won the International Pilar Bayona Competition in Zaragoza, Spain. In 1996 she was awarded the fourth prize at the International Piano Competition of Montreal, where she was also granted the special prize as the favorite of the audience.
Valeria Resjan has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra soloist. She is collaborating actively with such internationally renowned musicians as Ola Karlsson, Marko Ylönen, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Hagai Shaham, Elina Vähälä, and also Takacs, Chillingirian and Michelangelo quartets as her chamber music partners. She has played with such conductors as Okko Kamu, William Boughton, Jorma Panula, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, and Sakari Oramo. She has given concerts in Norway, Russia, Japan, China, Spain, Canada, and Emirates. In Finland, she has made appearances in many music festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku and Mikkeli Music Festivals, Espoo Piano Festival and the Helsinki Festival.
Since the year 2004, she has been performing regularly with Pietari Inkinen and Tuomas Ylinen. This trio has recorded Tchaikovsky and Sibelius music and had a concert in the Wigmore Hall of London in 2007.
Valeria Resian has been awarded a scholarship by the Finnish Culture Fund thrice. Nowadays, she is piano teacher and accompanist at the Helsinki High School of Music (Metropolia University).
Jan-Paul Roozeman (1994) aloitti pianonsoiton Espoon Musiikkiopistossa. Vuodesta 2005–2014 hän opiskeli Sibelius-Akatemiassa opettajinaan Jussi Siirala ja professori Erik T. Tawaststjerna ja
vuoden 2014 syksyllä hän aloitti opinnot Amsterdamin Konservatoriossa prof. Naum Grubertin luokalla.
Hänet valittiin Pro Musica säätiön Vuoden Nuoreksi Taiteilijaksi keväällä 2009.
Hän on esiintynyt useilla kansainvälisillä festivaaleilla eri maissa mm. Virossa, Liettuassa, Armeniassa, Hollannissa, Saksassa, Englannissa, Italiassa, sekä Venäjällä, omin konsertein, orkesterin solistina ja kamarimuusikkona.
Hänet on palkittu myös useissa kilpailuissa mm. 2. palkinto kansainvälisessä EPTA:n pianokilpailussa Belgiassa 2010, pääpalkinto Helmi Vesa-kilpailussa 2012, sekä 2. Palkinto Ilmari Hannikainen kilpailussa Suomessa 2014.
Kauden 2018-2019 tärkeimpiin konsertteihin kuuluvat esiintyminen Mariinsky-teatterissa Pietarissa, Beethovenin kolmoiskonsertto Tapiola Sinfoniettan solistina yhdessä sisarustensa kanssa, sekä duokonsertit veljensä kanssa Englannissa, Kanadassa, Israelissa, sekä Saksassa.
Jan-Paul Roozeman (1994) began his piano studies at the Espoo Music Institute. From 2005 until 2014 he studied at the Sibelius Academy with professors Jussi Siirala and Erik T. Tawaststjerna and in 2014 continued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the class of Naum Grubert.
In 2009 he was elected ”Young Musician of the Year” by the Pro Musica foundation.
Jan-Paul has performed at many international festivals in various countries, including Estonia, Lithuania, Armenia, The Netherlands, England, Italy and Germany, in recitals, as an orchestra soloist, and with chamber music.
He has been awarded prizes in many competitions, i.a. 2nd prize at the International EPTA Competition in Belgium 2010, the Grand Prix in the Helmi Vesa competition in 2012 and the 2nd prize in the Ilmari Hannikainen Competition in Finland, 2014.
Among the most important concerts of the season 2018-2019 are a concert in the Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Tapiola Sinfonietta, together with his siblings, and duo concerts together with his brother in i.a. England, Canada, Israel and Germany.
Piia Komsi is known for her exceptionally high and flexible voice and virtuoso technique. She is a successful international performer of baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire – not only in opera and orchestral music but also chamber music and lied. Piia Komsi has been a muse to many contemporary composers. In May of 2017, Komsi made her successful debut with the
New York Philharmonic in Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing.
Piia Komsi’s breakthrough was as the Maid in Thomas Adès’ opera Powder Her Face. Her operatic roles have included Martha in Le Malentendu by Panisello, Gepopo, and Venus in Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti, the Duchesse de Guise in the Massacre by Mitterer, Pamina and Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Brünnhilde (Wagner/Jonathan Dove: Ring Saga), Medea (Pascal Dusapin: Medeamaterial), The Cat (Chin: Alice in Wonderland), and the cello-playing daughter ( Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: Ahti Karjalainen), among others. Piia Komsi has been engaged by major opera houses including the Bologna Teatro Comunale, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, The Finnish National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Théatre et Musique Paris, San Carlo Teatro Napoli, Teatro Olimpico Rome, and several free opera groups in Finland.
Piia Komsi has a strong background in early church music, singing with her twin sister Anu Komsi in the children’s choir of the Kokkola Church, and continuing throughout her professional career – first as a continuo cellist and then as a soprano soloist.
As a soloist, Piia Komsi has performed with numerous orchestras: New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC London and BBC Wales National, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester, London Sinfonietta, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain, Philharmonique Orchestre de Radio France,
Ensemble Modern, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orch., Gothenburg Symphony, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica, Remix, MDR Leipzig, NDR Hamburg, Köln Musik Fabrik, Elision, Finnish orchestras including early music and new music orchestras. She has worked with many of today’s leading conductors, such as Esa-Pekka
Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Peter Eötvös, Kent Nagano, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Francois-Xavier Roth and Peter Rundel. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing was composed to Piia Komsi and her twin sister Anu, and it has since been in the repertoire of many international concert venues.
With her background as a cellist (she was a member of the Finnish National Orchestra until 2001), Piia Komsi’s latest challenge is to sing while simultaneously playing the cello. Several composers have already written new pieces for her unique soprano coloratura-cellistcombination.