Photo Siiri Alanko

Saara Kurki is a violinist from the city of Espoo, Finland. She began her musical journey as a violinist in the Western-Helsinki Music Institute, but at 14 she switched to the viola, spurred on by a string quartet she started with a group of friends. 

In 2013, she began studies in the Youth Department of the Sibelius Academy as a student of Lilli Maijala. Since 2016, she has been studying in the Edsberg chamber music institute in Sweden, where she is currently finishing up masters studies as a student of Malin Broman. Kurki is also studying at the Sibelius Academy in Atte Kilpiläinen’s class. 

Kurki has studied in numerous masterclasses with legendary teachers such as Hartmut Rohde (Tsinandali Festival Academy), Lars-Anders Tomter (IMC Prussia Cove), Ellen Nisbeth, Yuval Gotlibovich, and Diemut Poppen. 

Kurki is an enthusiastic chamber musician, and has received support and inspiration from teachers Paavo Pohjola, Antti Tikkanen, and Mats Zetterqvist.

She won second prize at the Tampere Viola Competition in 2017, and appeared as a soloist with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018, she was selected as Young Musician of the Year by the Pro-Musica foundation. Fall of 2020 sees Kurki as a soloist with the Academy Woodwinds orchestra. 

Kurki has performed at festivals all over Finland, including the Crusell festival, Avantin Suvisoitto, and the Aino Ackté Chamber Music Festival. She plays on a 1722 Maussiell viola, on generous loan from the OP Group Arts Foundation.

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