Linda (b.1989) began playing music at a young age, perfecting her unique sound while traveling with her blacksmith father from event to another and playing for public.

Recent years of experience performing on different stages Linda has been making a name for herself in the classical music scene. With a love of music and performing it she seeks to continually develop, create new, and share the joy of playing.

Linda has acquired already a few years of experience in leading orchestras as a concertmaster at the same time always particularly specializing on her true love - chamber music. The last three years she worked in Lapland Chamber Orchestra as a 2nd concertmaster with alternating duties. During season 2018-2019 she was substituting in 1st concertmaster chair. 

From 2016 Linda has been artistic director of a chamber music festival “Kokonainen” - a new music festival highlighting especially unknown and forgotten female composers.

Suolahti has performed as a soloist under Ari Angervo’s, Tomas Djupsjöbacka’s, John Storgård’s, Eero Lehtimäki’s and Reinhard Goebel’s baton with various ensembles. She has also appeared as a soloist leading herself the orchestra at the same time.

As being an enthusiastic chamber musician, Linda has performed in various music festivals and other smaller occasions in Finland and abroad. She has performed together with the greatest artists such as Alena Baeva, Vadym Kholodenko, Guy Braunstein, Jennifer Stumm, John Storgårds, Malin Broman, Roland Pöntinen, Sergey Malov, Patrick Gallois, Olli Mustonen, Priya Mitchell, Pekka Kuusisto, Zoran Markovic and String Quartet Meta4 in chamber music festivals like ClasClas (Spain), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Festival des Rencontres Musicales de Figeac (France), Summer Lunchtime Concerts (Music Centre, Finland), Naantali Music Festival (Finland) among many others. 

As a concertmaster and leader Suolahti has performed in Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Harbin Symphony Orchestra (China), Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Sinfonietta, Helsinki Sinfonietta and Hämeenlinna and Lohja orchestras among others. Suolahti is a guest player in such orchestras as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Suolahti was a founding member and 1st violinist of the Core Quartet, a string quartet which was actively performing during the years 2008-2013. Core Quartet was awarded in the Erkki Melartin Chamber Music competition with a shared first award in 2010.

2019 Suolahti graduated with distinction from Sibelius Academy where she has been studying with Minna Pensola (Meta4) and Jaakko Ilves. In 2015 she studied in Master of Performance program at the Royal College of Music in London where she was honoured to study as an Emma Rose Memorial Scholar under the tuition of Professor Jan Repko.

She has participated in many master courses in Finland and abroad with such violinists as Radu Blidar, Johannes Meissl, Benjamin Schmid, Gerhard Schulz and Réka Szilvay.

One of the Finnish most interesting emerging young artists Linda Suolahti is currently based in Finland and enjoys a versatile career as guest leader, artistic director and chamber musician, being invited regularly to play in some of the world’s leading music festivals and concert halls. In 2020 she was awarded by her home town as a young talent.

 

At the moment she is working under an artistic working grant admitted by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and for the year 2021 she received one year artist grant by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Linda is honoured to play an instrument "Ex Sulo Aro" kindly loaned by The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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Photos by Maarit Kytöharju

©2019 by Linda Suolahti.