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.