Performers

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

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

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