Petteri IIvonen, violin

Hailed by Il Gazzettino as an artist with “flawless technique along with expressive interpretation,” Finnish violinist Petteri Iivonen has been praised for his “control and emotional sensitivity” and “colorful details and thoughtful phrasing” (Helsingin Sanomat).

Silver Medalist and Special Prize winner at the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Mr. Iivonen holds the honor of becoming only the second Finnish violinist to win a medal in the history of the competition. He also remains the youngest winner of the quinquennial Kuopio National Violin Competition.

Highlights of Mr. Iivonen’s career include his appearances as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in Belgium, the New European Ensemble in Netherlands, as well as the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, he has performed in Hungary with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, in Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in Kazakhstan with the Zhambyl State Philharmonic, and with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.

Mr. Iivonen makes frequent appearances worldwide on NDR in Germany and RTBF in Belgium, Israeli Radio, YLE in Finland, as well asClassical 96.3 in Toronto and all across the United States, including KUSC in California and WQXR in New York. Yarlung Records released his debut recordings in co-operation with Linn Records in 2009, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Franck, Ysaÿe and David Lefkowitz’s “Eli Eli” (2008) dedicated to Mr. Iivonen.

Mr. Iivonen plays a 1755 G. B. Guadagnini through the generosity of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.



 

Jenni Lättilä, soprano
Jenni Lättilä is a finnish, young dramatic soprano. Twice a graduate from the Sibelius Academy, where Outi Kähkönen was her voice teacher, she now continues as a post-grad at the DocMus department of her alma mater with Susanna Eken and prof. Dorothy Irving as her artistic and technique teachers, and prof., Ph.D. Anne Sivuoja as her dissertation supervisor on scholarly subjects.

She is a prizewinner of 2013 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (Wagnerian Division), 2010 Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Wagnerian voices and of 2008 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition where she received the prize for best performance of contemporary music. She is also a finalist and prize-winner of several national-level competitions.

Markus Nieminen, baritone
Baritone Markus Nieminen (born 1974) graduated from Sibelius Academy as a Master of Music in 2005 under Sauli Tiilikainen. Nieminen has supplemented his studies at the Musikhochschule Wien under Gerhard Kahry and taken the masterclasses of Tom Krause, Thomas Hampson and Rudolf Bautz.

Markus Nieminen was employed by the Vienna State Opera as a soloist from 2001 to 2005, and has performed as guest soloist at the Finnish National Opera since 2001. He has also been a guest performer at the Hamburg and Dresden State Operas, the Volksoper Wien and the opera houses of Antwerp, Gent, Basel and St. Gallen.

In addition to opera, Nieminen feels at home with Lied and orchestral music. Nieminen has had plenty of success at competitions and his first prizes include: 1999 Pentti Koskimies Lied Competition, 2000 Vox Unica, 2001 Opera Grand Prix and 2006 Lappeenranta Singing Competition.