Praised for her “deeply moving” performances, Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, performs at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues.
Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä is known as an energetic, dynamic, and diverse violinist, who is frequently invited to perform internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. Since 2017, she has performed as artistic director and violinist at the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival.
Norwegian viola player Jakob Dingstad was appointed as the principal viola in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017. The same year, he performed W. A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante as the soloist of his orchestra.
Danish cellist, Carl-Oscar Østerlind is one of his generations most versatile musicians. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a "superb cellist" and was recently awarded the Danish Arts Council ́s career grant "Den Unge Elite".
Jaani Helander graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2013 after studying with Martti Rousi and has been a member of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra since then. Helander is currently studying under professor Natalia Gutman in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy.
Suzana Bartal establishes herself as one of the excitingtalents of her generation. Winner of the New York Concert Artists Concerto Competition in 2013, her playing has been hailed as “brilliant, full of shades and virtuosic” by the Bonner Anzeiger.
Jaan is an Estonian conductor and pianist. During the last season, he made his debut at the Finnish National Ballet with Tchaikovsky`s "Nutcracker" and led the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in collaboration with the award-winning choir Collegium Musicale in tour.
Ilpo Laspas started playing the piano at the age of 9 and harpsichord and the organ in 1999. After studying harpsichord under Elina Mustonen and organ under Sirkka-Liisa Jussila-Gripentrog at the Youth Department of the Sibelius Academy, he was accepted to the performance degree programmes of all three instruments at the Sibelius Academy.