Beata Antikainen

Beata Antikainen (1993) is a Finnish cellist. She started to play the cello at the age of five as a student of Anja Maja. The studies continued in the Sibelius Academy‘s youth department with Hannu Kiiski and Marko Ylönen.

After finishing her bachelor studies in the Sibelius Academy, Antikainen moved to Berlin to study in the Hochschule für Musik ‚Hanns Eisler‘ in the class of Claudio Bohorquez. She also became a member in of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2020-2022.

Antikainen is a prize winner of the Finnish National Turku Cello Competition, the International Anton Rubinstein competition and the Peter Pirazzi Competition.

Antikainen is an active chamber musician and has performed in many festivals around the world such as Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Martha Argerich Festival, Helsinki Chamber Summer, Kultursommer Hessen, Avanti Summer Festival and ClasClas Festival. She is also the artistic director of the Hvitträsk Chamber Music Festival in Finland. She has worked with many musicians such as Guy Braunstein, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Amihai Grosz and Sunwook Kim to name a few.

As a soloist she has played with such orchestras as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Ensemble and Baden Baden Philharmonia.

She has received scholarships from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Pro Musica Foundation and the Wegelius foundation.

Lauri Rantamoijanen

Lauri Rantamoijanen began his cello studies at the age of seven at the Middle Finland Music School. In 1999 he began private studies with Heikki Rautasalo and Heikki Pekkarinen and two years later moved to the Sibelius Academy Youth Department. In 2005 Mr. Rantamoijanen started his studies at the Sibelius Academy’s performance program with Heikki Rautasalo and continued later with Marko Ylönen.

In March 2013 he played Graduate Recital with honors from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Lauri Rantamoijanen finished studies at the Sibelius Academy with Martti Rousi.

Mr. Rantamoijanen was a young soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2003. In 2004 he was a Eurovision young soloists’ Finnish finalist.

As an active chamber musician, Lauri Rantamoijanen has played chamber music in various ensembles. His teachers include Frans Helmerson, Alban Berg Quartet and Ralf Gothoni amongst others. Lauri Rantamoijanen plays a cello by Francesco Ruggieri dated 1693.

Daniel Schultz

Daniel Schultz (b. 1999 in Helsinki) has been studying cello at the Sibelius-Academy since 2018. Previously he studied at the youth department (Junior Academy) with Hannu Kiiski as his teacher. Since autumn 2020 his teacher is professor Martti Rousi. He started his cello studies with Jonas Franzon at Sandels Music School.
Daniel has performed as a soloist for orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Wegelius Chamber Strings and Bulevardin kamarimusiikkiseura (Chamber Orchestra).
Daniel took part in the Finnish National Cellocompetion Turun sellokilpailu in August 2022 where he received third prize.

Daniel´s instrument is an Italian Gabrielli cello built in 1752 owned by Kulturfonden.
Alongside his studies Daniel has been teaching cello playing at Sandels Music School in Helsinki.
In his spare time Daniel enjoys spending time with his friends and singing in Akademiska Sångföreningen, a male choir in Helsinki.

Sujari Britt

Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent and uncanny devotion to and understanding of music from a very early age.  She began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano.

Sujari earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Cello Performance at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of noted pedagogue Marion Feldman. Sujari presently studies with renowned cellist and pedagogue Martti Rousi, Sibelius Academy in pursuit of  her Master’s of Classical Cello Performance.

For Spring 2018, Sujari was featured in the annual Beijing Super Cello Festival,  Beijing China. In addition, Sujari accepted a speaking invitation by C2 Montreal  for the 2018 « Transformative Collisions ». In Fall 2017, Sujari  delivered a solo concert sponsored by Marietta College for the annual Esbenshade Series at People’s Bank Theatre, Marietta, Ohio. In Spring 2016 Sujari was featured in Canada’s Neopolitan Connection Concert Series. She performed solo with Memphis Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, solo with the Chicago Sinfonietta in January 2015, and opened the 2014-15 season with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra as soloist in their Classics Series. Sujari was featured at the UN’s international HeforShe in September 2014, and she presented at Madison Square Garden during quarter time for the NY Knicks in January. In October 2013 Sujari was a featured artist for the Shakespeare Company’s annual gala honoring Elizabeth McGovern at the Harman Arts Center in Washington, DC. Also in the 2013 season, Sujari performed at the United Nations for 2013 annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Sujari served as the featured guest performer for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Casual Classic Concert in May 2012. In May 2011 Sujari was the featured artist at the 28th Annual Children’s Concert for the Gary Historic and Cultural Society in Gary, Indiana. In 2010, Sujari closed  the 11th Annual International Tropical Baroque Music Festival of the Miami Bach Society in Coral Gables, Florida, and in April, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the National Young Musicians Concerto Competition. She was invited as a guest performer at the Fifth Annual Midori and Friends Children’s Music Festival where she shared the progamme with Midori and with renowned clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. In November 2009, Sujari had the honor of performing with Alisa Weilerstein at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady, and their distinguished guests, where she was brought to the attention of many notables in the classical music industry.

Sujari was featured in Strings Magazine Fall 2015, and was StayThirsty Winter 2014 Spotlight Artist to watch! Sujari also was featured in an on-line THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, a TIME for Kids/Time Magazine article, and a segment of Katie! with Katie Couric. Sujari joined a host of prodigious young movers of the world on TEDx-Redmond of TED Talks, and was featured as one of NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making.”

Sujari serves in the Arts Leadership Program of From the Top. She is the distinguished recipient of prestigious academic scholarships and awards, and grand prize winner of numerous national and international competitions. 

In addition to being a member of JoSunJari, a classical string trio with her sister Joelle (violin), and her brother Sunnaj (violin); Sujari is a member of various troupes and ensembles of classical, jazz, and eccelctic genres. Of note, Sujari is a member of Aziza and the Cure, a self-styled symphonic-soul-pop band co-founded by her sister Joelle; and the Harlem Chamber Players, a local classical ensemble.

Sujari has participated in international and local summer music festivals including Manhattan in the Mountains, JVL International Music Festival, New York University String Camp, Greenwood Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, and Kaufman String Camp and Hartt School of Music World Cultural programs (Prague, Budapest, Italy).

Ola Karlsson

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 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

Senja Rummukainen

Senja Rummukainen was awarded the 6th prize in the international Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Few years before she won the 1st prize in the national Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and was a finalist in the international Guilhermina Suggia Prize in Portugal.

She is a regular guest at various music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. Rummukainen has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the most important Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Kuopio, Joensuu and Vaasa Orchestras with renowned conductors like Valery Gergiev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Petri Sakari.

In 2017 she became the II principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played as a guest principal cello in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Rummukainen is one of the artistic directors of ”Kamarikesä” festival together with Johannes Piirto, Kasmir Uusitupa, Tami Pohjola and Riina Piirilä.

Senja Rummukainen is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Before that she has studied with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Young-Chang Cho at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy and Taru Aarnio and Allar Kaasik at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Senja has participated masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher.

Her instrument is a cello by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.

Suomalainen sellisti Senja Rummukainen nousi suuren yleisön tietoisuuteen vuonna 2019, kun hänet palkittiin kansainvälisessä Tšaikovski-kilpailussa kuudennella palkinnolla. Muutamaa vuotta aiemmin hän voitti myös ensimmäisen palkinnon Turun XII sellokilpailussa sekä oli yksi kolmesta finalistista Guilhermina Suggia Prize -kilpailussa Portugalissa.

Rummukainen on kysytty vieras merkittävimmillä suomalaisilla festivaaleilla ja esiintyy säännöllisesti mm. Kuhmon kamarimusiikissa, Turun musiikkijuhlilla, RUSK-festivaalilla Pietarsaaressa sekä Oulun musiikkijuhlilla.

Solistina Rummukainen on esiintynyt mm. Mariinski-teatterin orkesterin, Pietarin filharmonikoiden, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Músican sekä tärkeimpien suomalaisten orkesterien, kuten Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin, Tampere Filharmonian, Turun filharmonisen orkesterin, Keski-Pohjanmaan kamariorkesterin, Pori Sinfoniettan sekä Kuopion, Joensuun ja Vaasan kaupunginorkesterien kanssa monien aikamme suurien kapellimestarien kanssa, joista mainittakoon mm. Valeri Gergijev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula ja Petri Sakari.

Rummukainen valittiin Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin 2. soolosellistiksi vuonna 2017 ja on myös toiminut vierailevana soolosellistinä Oslon filharmonisessa orkesterissa.
Hän on yksi Helsingissä järjestettävän Kamarikesä-festivaalin taiteellisista johtajista yhdessä Johannes Piirron, Kasmir Uusituvan, Tami Pohjolan ja Riina Piirilän kanssa.

Rummukainen viimeistelee maisteriopintojaan Berliinin Taideyliopistossa professori Jens-Peter Maintzin luokalla. Hänen aikaisempia opettajiaan ovat olleet Truls Mørk Norjan musiikkikorkeakoulussa, Young-Chang Cho Essenin Folkwang-yliopistossa, Marko Ylönen Sibelius-Akatemiassa sekä Taru Aarnio Itä-Helsingin musiikkiopistossa.

Rummukaisen instrumentti on Stefano Scarampella-sello vuodelta 1897, jonka hänen käyttöönsä on ystävällisesti antanut Jorma Panula.