Performers

Musicians in October, 2019

Flute
Elias Trygg, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Janne Palkisto

Bassoon
Iiro Sinisalo, Petra Hirvonen

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Jenni Vuorinen, Ari Katajamäki, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Martti Outinen

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Martti Vesola, Carl Eklund (bass trombone)

Tuba
Tuomas Saloniemi

Timpani
Alex Agustin

Organ
Irina Niskala

Violin I
Tanja Kortman (concert master), Paula Hagman, Iitu Hakala, Leena Jämsén, Salla Kakkuri, Sofia Kangas, Lotta Lundsten, Pirjo Suonio, Julia Vasilyeva

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Kukkamari Gröndahl, Raido Lill, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Sara Suominen, Tsui-Shan Tu, Mika Weckström

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Arna Bertin, Seija Pakarinen, Eeva Tenkanen, Lea Vartiainen

Cello
Laura Iivonen-Mellais (principal), Sara Kuitunen, Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Grisell Macdonel, Ari Mansala

Soila Häkkinen
Soila Häkkinen
Photo: Emiliano Verrocchio

Violinist Soila Häkkinen, a soloist and orchestra and chamber musician, comes from Tuusula, Finland. She is well familiar with the orchestral scene in Finland having worked as a Concertmaster (for example Vaasa City Orchestra for the season 2014-2015) and section leader as well as a tutti musician. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Symphony, and Metropolia Orchestra, among others.

Soila completed her Master studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with professor Erich Gruenberg in 2014. During her studies there she was awarded Belmore-Woodgate Award.

Soila is interested extensively in all forms of arts. She finds cross-artistic projects combining poetry and music (Ben Okri: Distant Music of the Future, ISME 2004; Gabriel Bolanos: Everything in the World is Either a Chicken or Not a Chicken, Atlantic Music Festival 2014; Gaslighting, Värinää festival 2015, among others) have been especially memorable.

Musicians in August, 2019

Flute
Jenny Metsälä, Sini-Inari Lehtinen, Rauha Mäkilä (piccolo)

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Ilkka Hirvonen, Karita Troberg (also English Horn)

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Janne Palkisto, Pauli Leppälä (bass clarinet)

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Lauri Lehtimäki, Marika Toivonen (contrabassoon)

Saxophone
Maaret Koskenkari

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Erno Toikka, Jenni Vuorinen, Hanna Nikamaa

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Martti Outinen, Lasse Murtomäki

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Carl Eklund, Janne Vihavainen (bass trombone)

Tuba
Matiis Kuusela

Timpani
Hanne Rintamäki, Tiia Toivanen

Percussion
Liisa Lipas, Henri Lintula, Henri Sakki, Jukka Blomroos, Tuukka Dunkel

Harp
Mariam Junolainen

Piano
Alina Sorjonen

Violin I
Lauri Kotila (concertmaster), Antti Elomaa, Iitu Hakala, Jaana Holopainen, Leena Jämsén, Sofia Kangas, Liisa Koivuranta, Tanja Kortman, Chang Liu, Reina Roivainen, Kaija Sivonen

Violin II
Janni Halme (principal), Krista Järvinen, Aada Kuoppa, Heini Pitkänen, Venla Raukola, Otto Rämö, Lumi Maarit Talvitie, Tsui-Shan Tu, Silja Uusitalo, Mika Weckström

Viola
Seija Pakarinen (principal), Arna Bertin, Helmi Lempinen, Unna Nousiainen, Clara Petrozzi, Maarit Ranta, Juho Simola, Eeva Tenkanen

Cello
Riitta Lampela (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Aino Liutu, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen, Anni Nora

Double bass
Ari Mansala (principal), Tanja Kneckt, Kari Kääriäinen, Javier Sanchez

Musicians in December, 2018

Flute
Elias Trygg, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Anni Tolvanen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Sami Perkiö

Horn
Lauri Purhonen, Hanna Nikamaa, Erno Toikka, Venla Ulmala

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Tom Westeren, Lukas Eckerrot

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Heikki Vesala, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani/percussion
Liisa Lipas, Patrik Kiviniemi, João Luis

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Tanja Kortman, Elina Salin, Juliana Pöyry, Ilta Attila, Henrik Vähätalo, Marco Elefante, Lilja Rasimus, Tuuli Meurman, Leena Jämsén

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Silja Uusitalo, Heini Pitkänen, Janni Halme, Sanni Rämö, Iitu Hakala, Otto Rämö

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Raido Lill, Clara Petrozzi, Anni Holopainen, Lea Vartiainen

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Tatu Ahola, Jyrki Messo

Double bass
Henrica Fagerlund (principal), Grisell McDonell, Akseli Porkkala, Ari Mansala

Musicians in October, 2018

Flute
Ella Linnonmaa, Janika Ikonen, Rauha Mäkilä (also piccolo)

Oboe
Karita Troberg, Katariina Mäkilä, Aino Porra (also English horn)

Clarinet
Jussi Virolainen, Julia Kontio

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Marko Salmikangas

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Marja Järvi, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Erno Toikka

Trumpet
Lukas Eckerrot, Matīss Smiltins

Trombone
Martti Vesola, Aksel Kiviniemi, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani/percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Jarmo Lahtiranta, Samuli Vehkavaara

Harp
Maaria Pulakka

Violin I
Anna-Maria Huohvanainen (concertmaster), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa Antti Hosio, Leena Jämsén, Josefiina Paasonen, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen, Maria Salminen, Olga Sidorova, Venla Suni, Päivi Valjakka-Salminen, Henrik Vähätalo

Violin II
Saaga Sihvola (principal), Katja Barilova, Inka Eerola, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Lotta Ilonen, Salla-Maarit Kakkuri, Heini Pitkänen, Elina Salin, Silja Uusitalo

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Anni Holopainen, Risto Kytö, Seija Pakarinen, Kaija Sivonen, Eeva Tenkanen, Lea Vartiainen, Marina Vintskovskaja

Cello
Laura Iivonen-Mellais (principal), Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Anni Nora, Henriikka Pentti, Heidi Rehnberg

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Sami Jaakkola, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Tuomas Kivistö
Tuomas Kivistö

Classical pianist Tuomas Kivistö has studied at the Sibelius Academy, Chicago College of Performing Arts and Indiana University in Bloomington. Most recently he has studied with Liisa Pohjola and Menahem Pressler.

Kivistö pursued his Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy and his Performer diploma at Indiana University in 2012. Currently he is pursuing a Doctoral degree at the Sibelius Acedemy’s DocMus doctoral school with the topic of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano music.

Tuomas Kivistö has received grants for his artistic work from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation and Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Musicians in August, 2018

Flute
Ella Linnonmaa, Janika Ikonen, Rauha Mäkilä

Oboe / English Horn
Karita Troberg, Iiris Särkilahti, Tiia Huotari

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen, Ilkka Teerijoki

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Petra Hirvonen

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Lauri Purhonen, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Erno Toikka

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Lukas Eckerrot, Maria Helena Vieira

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Martti Vesola, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Timpani
Hanne Rintamäki, João Luís

Percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Liisa Lipas, Eetu Paljakka

Violin I
Tanja Kortman (concertmaster), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa, Leena Jämsen, Liisa Koivuranta, Aada Kuoppa, Tuula Lappalainen, Juliana Pöyry, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen, Venla Saavalainen

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Salla Ahokanto, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Krista Järvinen, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Heini Pitkänen, Sanni Rämö, Silja Uusitalo

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Risto Kytö, Raido Lill, Nemo Mannermaa, Clara Petrozzi, Lea Vartiainen, Marina Vintskovskaja

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Tatu Ahola, Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Eero Haimi, Malla Lounasheimo, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Jukka Merjanen
Jukka Merjanen

Jukka Merjanen (born in 1974) started playing violin at the age of four. He later continued his studies at Edsbergs Music Institute in Stockholm, as well as in the Sibelius Academy where he made his violin diploma with highest honors and became also Master of Music in 2001.

Ever since 1998 when he won his first permanent orchestral job as a first violin player in the Helsinki Philharmonic, he's also been a regular performer as a soloist and chamber musician in Finland and abroad.

Merjanen worked for three years in one of the world's leading orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster of the orchestra after a succesful audition and trial period in February 2004.

After returning back in Finland Merjanen has been a regular guest concertmaster of several Finnish orchestras, such as Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, and has also been in leading positions in several other major Scandinavian orchestras.

Ever since August 2012 Merjanen has worked as a permanent concertmaster of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. He plays with an Andrea Guarneri 1678 violin, owned by a private person.

Along with a busy performing career, Merjanen has also founded a new music festival which started in July 2014. Southeastern Finland Chamber Music has a very high level of Finnish and international performers. Merjanen is the Artistic Director of the festival and also performs there regularly.

Musicians in May, 2018

Flute
Elias Trygg, Luisa Marchegiani

Oboe / English Horn
Hilla Mäkinen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Marko Salmikangas

Horn
Lauri Purhonen, Venla Ulmala, Hanna Nikamaa, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Antti Joki, Mika Turunen

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Lotta Hirvonen, Martti Vesola

Tuba
Samuli Rask

Timpani
João Luís Lopes

Percussion
Patrik Kiviniemi

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Tanja Kortman, Marco Elefante, Reina Roivainen, Heini Pitkänen, Raido Lill

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Venla Suni, Inka Eerola

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

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

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Sami Jaakkola

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 Forstén, 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
Photo: Taku Suzuki

Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä is currently Artistic Director of the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra. In a short period of time Mäkilä has made a name for himself as a versatile artist with a broad repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. His conducting career has taken him to four continents and to major ensembles, such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre.

Mäkilä has performed at prestigious music festivals such as the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Gergiev Festival Mikkeli, and Pyeongchang Music Festival, and regularly collaborates with world class soloists such as Vadim Repin, Kyung-Wha Chung and Jian Wang.

Originally a cellist, Sasha Mäkilä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). After completing a three-year tenure at Orchestre National de France as maestro Kurt Masur's assistant he was nominated a Conducting Fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. Mäkilä is a prizewinner of the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition (USA, 2006), and in 2013 the University of Helsinki presented him with the Pacius Award for his contributions to Finnish musical life.

During the season 2018-2019 Sasha Mäkilä will conduct his debut at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and return to Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He will take the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra on tours in Finland and in China, and conduct the opera premieres of Pacius' Kung Karls Jakt and Rautavaara's Auringon talo in Helsinki.

Website: www.sashamakila.com

Alina Sorjonen
Alina Sorjonen
Photo: Mia Johansson

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.

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