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Sini Virtanen

Praised for her “expressive tone,” violinist Sini Virtanen concertizes through Asia, Europe, and the United States. A former member of WolfGang string quartet, she appeared in internationally renowned festivals, including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Turku Music Festival. As a soloist, Virtanen appeared with the McCormick Percussion Group, Helsinki Strings, Jyväskylä Philharmonia, Kauniainen Philharmonia, and the Youth Orchestra of Rimski-Korsakov Academy in St. Petersburg.

As a champion of new music, Virtanen is a co-founder/director of new music ensemble Strings and Hammers with pianist Eunmi Ko and double bassist Julia Keller. She was featured as a guest artist at the 2016 Madrid Contemporary Music Festival, Ossia, Eastman Virtuosi, Tyler Time! at the Union College, Weill Recital Hall, Eastman Hatch Recital Hall, and USF New Music Festival with her long-time collaborators Eunmi Ko and Julia Keller.

Virtanen earned her BM degree from Sibelius Academy, studying with Päivyt Meller. She received her MM and DMA degrees from Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Mikhail Kopelman. Virtanen resides and teaches in Finland as a lecturer of violin at Sibelius Institute (Hämeenlinna) and performs as a member of Trio Ramification (horn trio with Tommi Hyytinen and Säde Erkkilä) and other ensembles around Europe and the United States. Virtanen can be heard on Centaur Records (Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann) and Ravello Records (Strings & Hammers).