Welcome to my website! I am a harpsichordist born in Helsinki, Finland, and currently living between Helsinki, Berlin and wherever I’m working.
I studied the harpsichord at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (Master of Music 2010) and Universität der Künste, Berlin with prof. Mitzi Meyerson (Konzertexamen with remark of excellence 2012). I perform in Finland and all over Europe as a soloist and as a member of many different ensembles, among others with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (dir. Aapo Häkkinen, Finland), Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Les Ambassadeurs (dir. Alexis Kossenko, France), KORE Baroque Orchestra (Poland) and Barocco Boreale (Finland). I was chosen as the harpsichordist of European Union Baroque Orchestra for the seasons 2013-14, and during that wonderful period I performed in most of European countries with leaders such as Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Stefano Montanari, Rachel Podger and Gottfried von der Goltz. I have had the pleasure to play chamber music with many great European musicians like flutist Alexis Kossenko, gambist Vittorio Ghielmi, violinists Zefira Valova, Riccardo Minasi and Georg Kallweit and many others.
For me it is an important task to perform early music in various contexts, for different kinds of audiences. I’ve worked a lot with contemporary dance forms. My latest (Spring 2018) big production was a choreographied version of Monteverdi’s Vespers as a collaboration with choreographer Anna Mustonen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Zodiak Centre for New Dance Helsinki. Together with Mustonen, we were awarded the Finnish State Prize for Performing Arts 2018 for our work on the dialogue between music and dance. Our previous production with Mustonen was Di anima et di corpo also combining early Italian baroque music to new dance, which we performed many times in Finland 2012-2016 as well as at Bolzano Antiqua festival 2016. Years 2012-2016 I performed as a harpsichord soloist of the breakdance show Flying Bach, touring with the Berliner breakdance virtuoso group Flying Steps in Europe, Japan, Russia and Chile. I have also taken part in other interdisciplinary projects and arranged early music with electronic music and folk music styles, performing with musicians such as trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, sound designer Tuomas Norvio, violinist Piia Kleemola and cittern player Petri Prauda.
Besides various early harpsichord repertoires, I enjoy performing contemporary music. I’ve premiered and recorded pieces from notable contemporary Finnish composers like Olli Virtaperko, whose solo harpsichord piece Fantazia I premiered 2018, Tomi Räisänen and Timo Alakotila, and Berliner composers like Sarah Nemtsov, Sebastian Elikowski-Winkler and Arne Sanders. I have taken part in Finnish National Opera productions, playing soloistic harpsichord parts of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (2016) and Saariaho’s Émilie (2015).
I’m currently continuing my studies at the Sibelius Academy aiming for a doctor’s degree on performance. My focus point is the 17th century Italian music, and my artistic research consists of staging interdisciplinary concerts to create lively connections between early baroque and contemporary music&dance.
Recent years, my work has been funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Music Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
My first solo album Frammenti del discorso amoroso containing early 17th century Italian harpsichord music was released in April 2018 on SibaRecords/Naxos. It was shortlisted for Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Album of the Year 2018.
I appear e.g. on following recordings:
Ensemble Gamut!: UT. (Eclipse Music / Supersounds Music OY 2020) (The album was awarded the Finnish Early Music Act prize 2020.)
Ensemble Cornucopia & Janne Marja-aho: Jacques Brelin ja barokin lauluja (Fuuga 2020)
Finnish Baroque Orchestra: Helsinki Window. Sarah Nemtsov´s work for two harpsichords & electronic with Petteri Pitko. (FiBORecords 2019)
Earthly Angels (Kajsa Dalbäck, sopran; Andrew Lawrence-King, harp; Eero Palviainen, theorbo; Marianna Henriksson, organ): Earthly Angels. Cozzolani, Leonarda, Badalla. (Alba 2018)
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra dir. Aapo Häkkinen: Schumann – Bach. (Ondine 2018)
Barocco Boreale sol. Kreeta-Maria Kentala, Siiri Virkkala & Andrew Lawrence-King: The Folk Seasons. Vivaldi (Alba 2016)
Finnish Radio premiere recordings of works by Olli Virtaperko: In Nomine revised and Fantazia (2015)
European Union Baroque Orchestra dir. Lars Ulrik Mortensen: Four Seasons & String Concerti. Vivaldi (Obsidian 2014)
European Union Baroque Orchestra dir. Lars Ulrik Mortensen: Peace and Celebration. Händelin (Obsidian 2013)
Musica Sequenza sol. Burak Ozdemir: Silent Cantata. J. S. Bach (Sony Music 2013)
Henriksson-Kleemola-Prauda: RindaNickola (SibKaCD085, 2009) (Nominated for the Finnish “Grammy” Emma 2010.)