Teo De La Cruz

Teo De La Cruz, classical percussionist from Pori, has studied at the Tampere Conservatory musician’s programme, and later, after a year of studies at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, he began his bachelor’s studies at the Sibelius Academy. He has worked in orchestras, as well as in bands playing lighter music. He is also…

Touko Leinonen

Percussionist Touko Leinonen (b. 1995) is about to complete his studies at the Sibelius Academy, and has been active as a freelance musician in several symphony orchestras since 2018. Touko has played chamber music, especially as a member of Echo Percussion. Additionally, he has performed new music with Zagros Ensemble and at the joint concerts…

Paula Malmivaara started playing the oboe at the Espoo Music Institute with Seidi Palonen. For her vocational studies she continued to the Sibelius Academy, where she studied with Sven-Erik Paananen, Jouko Teikari and Jorma Valjakka. During her year as an exchange student at Malmö Academy of Music she studied with Ole-Henrik Dahl. She has later…

Tania Nathan is an author of the book ‘Daughter of Immigrants’, a spoken word artist working with themes of decoloniality, love, loss and roots. Her roots take her to the intersections of cultures, and what it is to be human juxtaposed against the European and global context. In her free time she enjoys community agitation,…

Pontus Grans

Double bass player Pontus Grans is principal double bass in Vaasa City Orchestra since the fall of 2017. Before that he was principal in Oulu Sinfonia, the city orchestra of Oulu. As an orchestra musician, Grans has substituted in many of Finland’s city orchestras, and performed at several chamber music festival, among others Korsholm Music…

Hugo Olsson

Hugo Olsson grew up in Bygdeå in Västerbotten, Sweden, and started playing the clarinet when he was nine years old. He studied at the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Hermann Stefansson and Andreas Sundén, and with Mats Wallin for bass clarinet. After graduating, Hugo has been substituting…

Marco Bottet

Marco Bottet is an Italian-French bassoonist. After his bassoon graduation in Venice he continued his path with Liborio Guarneri at the Conservatory of Como, with Matthias Rácz at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich and with Karsten Nagel and Till Heine at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum in Augsburg. Besides distinguishing himself in some national and…

Tanja Nisonen

Tanja Nisonen is a French horn artist with many different roles. She is part of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, teaches French horn at the Turku UAS Arts Academy and is a postgraduate at Uniarts Sibelius Academy within the subject of women composing for French horn. To Nisonen it is important to promote, develop and widen…

Sonoko Miriam Welde

Norwegian violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde (b.1996) is the winner of “Virtuos” and the Norwegian Soloist Prize 2014, and the Equinor Classical Music Scholarship 2016. As a soloist she performed with orchestras such the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bournemouth Symphony, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and conductors…

Daniel Thorell

Daniel Thorell is a cellist from Stockholm, Sweden. Though only 25-years old he has already had great success as a soloist and chamber musician, both nationally and internationally. Praised for his mature and expressive music making he is currently regarded as one of Scandinavias most promising young cellists. He is a first prize winner in…