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@2018 Lumo Ensemble

Violinist Liisi Uusitalo has had the privilege study classical music with several highly regarded pedagogues and also play with amazing musicians over the years. Importantly, Liisi enjoys playing in concerts and events together with Lumo Ensemble's musicians, since 2012.

Regarding her education, Uusitalo graduated from Turku Art’s Academy completing her soloistic final exam on excellent level. Her professional studies were guided by professors Alexander Vinnitski and Araik Resjan. Liisi also participated in masterclasses with Vilmos Szabadi, Päivyt Meller, Jaakko Ilves, and Francesco Parrino. While in baroque music Uusitalo was guided by Uli Kontu-Korhonen, she had the opportunity to study Bach's solo works for violin with Timo Korhonen. Her teachers in chamber music were Mikko Luoma, Erkki Lahesmaa and Harri Sippel. In Turku Conservatory she was guided by Simo Vuoristo and Marianna Kokko.

As to chamber music, Liisi has performed pieces from baroque to modern period in Finland and the Nordic Countries with Lumo Ensemble. As an orchestra musician, she has played in Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Saimaa Sinfonietta and Musicians of The King's Road, with conductors such as Dima Slobodeniouk, Leif Segerstam and Tibor Boganyi. Uusitalo has also participated in opera productions e.g. in Åbo Svenska Teatern. Moreover, Liisi had the opportunity to play in Helsinki Sinfonietta’s concerts at Heinävesi Music Festival in 2015 and 2017, with conductors Leif Segerstam, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Erkki Lasonpalo. Interestingly, the orchestra played all Sibelius symphonies during the festival in 2015, in only five days.

Uusitalo also loves to explore music across genre boundaries. She played with pop/rock and jazz- artists: Emma Salokoski, Samuli ”Teho” Majamäki, Iro Haarla, Tapani Rinne, Jonna Tervomaa, Anna Puu, Paradise Oscar, and Sami joik singer Ulla Pirttijärvi at Alkumeri Music Festival in 2011. Liisi also premiered a piece for solo violin and electronics at What ever Works! Contemporary Music Festival in 2018. The piece was composed by Stockholm-based Marsel Nichan especially for violinist Liisi Uusitalo. In addition, Liisi played in audio productions of albums: Betrayal at Besbin: Rains sekä Musta Valo: Musta. Moreover, Uusitalo performed in Michael Bublé show in Harwall Arena in 2014.

"To me, music is all about sharing: experiences, emotions, beauty - all aspects of life. Importantly, music is a gift to enrich our lives, which becomes meaningful, when there is a connection between the listener and the performer. Having said this, my constant challenge as an artist is to fulfill that purpose: to connect with the audience, and share moments that will be remembered."

Liisi Uusitalo
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