Kotka-born Essi Höglund is a young violinist, who has already appeared on concert stages all over Finland and the world. She appears often as both a solo and chamber artist and is also a sought-after orchestral musician.
Höglund has appeared as a soloist with numerous Finnish orchestras, such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kymi Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Pori Sinfonietta, and the Kuopio, Lohja, and Joensuu City Orchestras. Foreign solo engagements have included the Orchestra Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and the Kammerphilharmonie Bad Nauheim. She has worked as concertmaster and principal violin in all of Finland’s leading orchestras.
Höglund’s most important teachers include Merle Kaadu at Kotka’s Music Institute, Réka Szilvay in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department, Gerhard Schulz of the Alban Berg quartet at the Vienna Conservatory, Tero Latvala at the Sibelius Academy, and Paavo Pohjola privately. Höglund also belonged to the Finnish Culture Foundation funded Violin Academy.
Höglund was given second prize in the Kuopio and Jyväskylä violin competitions, as well as third prize and best-interpretation of the mandatory piece at the international Young Musician violin competition in Tallinn. She has collaborated with, among others, Nobuko Imain, Augustin Dumay, and Gregor Horsch.
Höglund’s playing has been recorded by YLE, Austrian radio chanel Ö1, and Alba Records.