My career as a folk musician dates back to my upper secondary art school days in Savonlinna. Before that I had studied classical and pop music and played and sang in several school bands and orchestras. Different genres of music have always interested me although folk music became the dearest. I took my M.A. at the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy in 1999.
My degree comprised studies with my first instrument, the violin, but I also studied accordion, woodwinds and folk singing. I have also studied Irish and Swedish folk singing, in addition to Cuban percussion instruments. My teachers include Arto Järvelä, Sven Ahlbäck and Henrik Botvay in violin, Susanne Rosenberg in singing, Harry Bent and Anna-Kaisa Liedes in woodwinds, Leena Joutsenlahti in woodwinds, Maria Kalaniemi in accordion and Tomas Jimeno in percussion instruments.
Towards the end of my studies, I made a recording as a project work for which I also composed and arranged pieces. During that time, I developed a passion for making music on my own. Now I have material for an entire album in which I perform either solo or together with Eero Grundström, Maija Karhinen, Matti Laitinen and Sara Puljula.
Working with the Loituma band has greatly influenced my musicianship. In addition, I have sang in the bands Deilin and Neemi which play Irish music, and as a violinist in La Charanga playing Cuban music, as well as the folk dance group Kiperä.
Currently, I work as a freelance musician and music teacher. In April 2002, I held a composition concert at the Sibelius Academy and ever since my dream has been to be able to concentrate fully in my own music. I'm now realizing that dream as a student on the post graduate degree programme at the Folk Music Department. My first doctoral concert was in October 2003 and the next will be in December 2004. A new record containing my compositions is being recorded in the autumn of 2004 and it will be published in a concert November 24. Both concerts will be held in Sibelius Academy Chamber Music Hall.