Performers

Musicians in February, 2018

Flute
Kathy Weidenfeller, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Karita Troberg, Iiris Särkilahti

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Alan Davidson

Horn
Ilkka Ruskeepää, Ari Katajamäki

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Anssi Autio

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Sanna Mukku, Yvonne Häkkinen

Timpani
João Luís Lopes

Violin I
Sebastian Silén (concertmaster), Lotta Ilonen, Leena Jämsen, Tanja Kortman, Raido Lill, Elina Salin, Venla Suni

Violin II
Sanna Mansikkaniemi (principal), Antti Elomaa, Janni Halme, Iitu Hakala, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Anni Holopainen, Kaija Sivonen, Jani Suominen

Cello
Tatu Ahola (principal), Jyrki Messo, Mika Seppänen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Eero Haimi, Grisell Macdonel, Viliina Silvonen

Musicians in December, 2017

Flute
Elias Trygg, Åsa Gustavsson, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Karita Matilda Troberg, Kseniya Sitnikova

Clarinet
Martina Jalonen, Csilla Firon, Jyri Nissilä

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Sami Perkiö

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Venla Ulmala, Eveliina Aijasaho, Keijo Liski

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Antti Joki, Tom Westeren

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Martti Vesola, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Timpani
Liisa Lipas

Percussion
Patrik Kiviniemi, Hanne Rintamäki

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Marco Elefante, Leena Jämsen, Emma Kaakko, Maria Kitaeva, Pauliina Lehtinen, Yu-Rou Li, Jenna Ollikainen, Jenni Ollikainen, Krista Pulkkinen De Espinosa, Juliana Pöyry, Kirsi Ruotsala, Elina Salin, Maria Salminen, Pirjo Suonio

Violin II
Heidi Åberg-Ylivaara (1st principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi (2nd principal), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Lotta Ilonen, Chang Liu, Heini Pitkänen, Reina Roivainen, Otto Rämö, Ester Sundström, Henrik Vähätalo

Viola
Matti Lindholm (principal), Anni Holopainen (principal), Lila Arha, Ekhart Georgi, Suvi Kurki-Suonio, Risto Kytö, Raido Lill, Unna Nousiainen, Kaija Sivonen, Jani Suominen

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Tatu Ahola, Eero Forsten, Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen, Jenni Witick

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Tuomas Ertz, Eero Haimi, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Sasha Mäkilä
Sasha Mäkilä

Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä is gaining recognition as one of the most prominent rising talents of his generation in both the operatic and symphonic fields. From 2012 to 2016 he held the position of Music Director with the St. Michel Strings chamber orchestra. Prior to his appointment he served two years in the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra under Maestro Franz Welzer-Möst, after completing a three-year tenure at Orchestre National de France as Maestro Kurt Masur's assistant.

Sasha Mäkilä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). He was a prizewinner at the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition (USA 2006). In 2013 the University of Helsinki presented Sasha Mäkilä with the Pacius Award.

Website: www.sashamakila.com

Photo: Taku Suzuki

Alina Sorjonen
Alina Sorjonen

St. Petersburg-born Alina Sorjonen started her first piano studies at an early age, first with the guidance of her mother, later as a training student of St. Petersburg's state Conservatory. In 1991, she moved to Finland together with her family and continued studies up to professional level. Graduating from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2009, Alina has studied as well in Sibelius Academy, Graz University for Music and Performing Arts and Tallinn Academy of Music and Theater.

Her teachers have been Valeria Resjan, Carlos and Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris, Evgeny Gashkov, Annamaria Bodoky-Krause and Sten Lassmann. During the studies Alina has been awarded scholarships as recognition of success as a performer. Her collaboration with other musicians have been taking her to perform as a soloist, but also as chamber musician across Europe.

Photo: Mia Johansson

Musicians in July, 2017

Flute
Elias Trygg, Åsa-Maria Gustavsson

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Tuomas Tenkanen

Clarinet
Jussi Virolainen, Janne Koskinen, Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Marika Toivonen, Seppo Heikkinen

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Mari Tirkkonen, Maria Kurunsaari, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Antti Joki, Tom Westeren

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Henrik Kolehmainen, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Harp
Katri Tikka

Percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Patrik Kiviniemi

Timpani
Liisa Lipas

Violin
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Sanna Mansikkaniemi (principal), Iitu Hakala, Mari Juntunen, Veera Kuusirati, Tuula Lappalainen, Pauliina Lehtinen, Chang Liu, Tuuli Meurman, Meelis Milli, Katri Mustonen, Noora Nietosvuori, Heini Pitkänen, Otto Rämö, Lilja Rasimus, Riia Rislakki, Reina Roivainen, Kirsi Ruotsala, Eeva Sasaki, Ina Söderlund, Pirjo Suonio, Aada Toivettula, Eeva Vesamäki

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Teemu Ahmaniemi, Anni Holopainen, Kara Koskinen, Matti Lindholm, Lea Vartiainen, Mária Vojtovičová

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Eero Forstén, Anna-Stiina Klemetti, Maarit Mäkinen, Pieta Mattila, Jyrki Messo, Josi Purhonen, Tatu Ahola

Double bass
Helka Seppälä (principal), Henrica Fagerlund, Kari Kääriäinen, Vilhelm Karlsson