Livia Schweizer is a flautist, improvisor, educator and artistic researcher based in Helsinki.
She started to study flute at the Conservatory Mascagni of Livorno. Attracted by the Nordic cultures and by the Finnish musical scene, in 2012 Livia took part in the Erasmus program at the OAMK in Oulu, and in 2014 she moved to Helsinki to study at the Sibelius Academy.
Since moving to Helsinki Schweizer has been a very active freelancer, proving upon different occasions to be a very versatile musician; she worked with Nyky-ensemble, Korvat Auki, UMUU-ensemble, Eloa ry, Tampering, Avanti!, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Pori Sinfonietta and Lahti Symphony Orchestra and has performed in festivals such as the Flow Festival, Helsingin Juhlaviikot, Tulkinnanvaraista, Hiljaisuus Festival, UML, Soundscapes Berlin, Jauna Muzika and Musica Nova.
Now Livia is a member of the E.C.I.O. – European Composers Improvisers Orchestra, and she is one of the founders of the Earth Ears Ensemble. Livia is a music teacher for the International School of Helsinki Finland, and a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy. Her research focuses on how non-conventional music notation can be used to foster intercultural collaborations in contemporary music.
Schweizer has a master in flute and music pedagogy from the University of the Arts, Sibelius Academy and her teachers in flute have been Mauro Rossi and Michele Marasco in Italy, Mikael Helasvuo and Hanna Kinnunen at the Sibelius Academy, and Jim Walker during her exchange at USC in Los Angeles.
Her work has been supported in the years by grants from Taike, MES and Suomen Kulttuurirahasto.