Photos by Maarit Kytöharju

©2019 by Linda Suolahti.

"You don´t choose your passion, it chooses you."

"Linda Suolahti on Suomen nuoremman polven muusikkokentän energisimpiä, luovimpia ja monipuolisuudessaan kyvykkäimpiä edustajia. Hänen uteliaisuutensa ja kauaskatseisuutensa ideoijana, yhdistettynä terveeseen kunnianhimoon, nälkään ja tietenkin taitoon esittävänä taiteilijana, ovat niitä vahvoja ja karismaattisia ominaisuuksia jotka hänen musisoimisessaan ja tekemisissään aina vaikuttavat ja vakuuttavat."

-John Storgårds

Recognized for her powerful, unique and colorful playing Linda Suolahti is internationally popular chamber musician and leader. 

Based in Finland, Linda Suolahti (b.1989) began playing music at a young age, perfecting her technical abilities and unique sound. Following years of experience performing on different stages and at vast variety of events Linda Suolahti has been making a name for herself in the classical music scene. With a love of music and performing it Linda seeks to continually develop, create new, and share the joy of playing.

Despite her young age 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 has worked in Lapland Chamber Orchestra as a 2nd concertmaster with alternating duties. During season 2018-2019 she was a substitute for the 1st concertmaster chair. 

From 2016 Suolahti 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.

Currently Suolahti is working in a string quartet called ”Arctica Quartet”.

2019 Suolahti graduated with distinction from the 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, Réka Szilvay and Elina Vähälä.