Jukka Harju

Emil Holmström

Piano

Emil Holmström performs as a soloist and chamber musician, in ensembles or at cross-genre events. He is regularly encountered at Finnish festivals and concert series, and he has performed as a soloist with Sinfonia Lahti, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He is the artistic partner of Lohja City Orchestra. At the moment, Holmström is interested in grand pianos from the 19th century and in the music of our time in all its richness. He performs new music in the ensembles Uusinta Ensemble and defunensemble, as well as a guest in Avanti!. He completed his education at the Sibelius Academy with Erik. T. Tawaststjerna, and complemented the studies in Paris as a student of Marie-Françoise Bucquet. He has also studied composition with Veli-Matti Puumala and stylistic composition with Olli Väisälä.

Holmström is an active arranger of events, and he is one of the founders of the concert series Klassinen Hietsu, which has been awarded state prize. Since 2019 he has been busy with the Bösendorfer – 1882 concert series, in which Holmström together with friends dive into the German repertoire of the 19th century mixed in with some unconventional spices. In recent years, Holmström has recorded the sonatas of Beach, Brahms, Schumann and Strauss, together with violinist Eriikka Maalismaa and cellist Markus Hohti. The albums, which were recorded using period instruments, have received praise both in Finland and abroad, and the complete recording of Schumann's violin sonatas won the Emma award for classical music in 2019. In 2022, Holmström started his position as artistic director for the PianoEspoo Festival, and in 2023 he also planned the festival Music by the Sea in Ingå.