Jukka Harju

Emil Holmström


Emil Holmström performs as a soloist and chamber musician, in bands or at transboundary events. He is a regular guest at Finnish festivals and concert series, he has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and The Tapiola Sinfonietta a.o. At the moment Holmström is especially interested in 19th century grand pianos (he owns a Bösendorfer from 1882) as well as the richness of today’s music. He plays new music with the Uusinta Ensemble and defunensemble, as well as with the chamber orchestra Avanti! when he visits them. Holmström has made several recordings for Finland’s public radio, Alba Records a.o. He studied at the Sibelius Academy for Erik. T. Tawaststjerna and continued his studies in Paris for Marie-Françoise Bucquet.

Holmström is an active event organizer, he is one of the people behind Klassinen Hietsu concert series and The Ristiveto Festival. A major effort for 2019-20 was the concert series Helsinki - Bösendorfer -1880, where he dives into 19th century German repertoire with spices from the north. In recent years Holmström has recorded sonatas by Brahms and Schumann with violinist Erika Maalismaa and cellist Markus Hohti. The records, which were recorded on period instruments, have been praised both in Finland and abroad. The record containing the Schumann violin sonatas won the classical Emma Award in 2019.