Saara Kurki is a Finnish violist born in 1996. She began studying the violin at the West-Helsinki Music School. At the age of 14 she tried out the viola to play string quartets with her friends and never looked back. Kurki studied in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department from the year 2013 with Lilli Maijala. In 2016, she moved to Sweden to study with Malin Broman in the chamber music program at Edsberg’s Manor, which is a part of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She graduated as a Master of Music in autumn 2021. Now Kurki is studying at the Sibelius Academy with Atte Kilpeläinen. She has also done studies in baroque viola with Minna Kangas.
In 2017, Kurki was awarded with second prize in the Tampere National Viola Competition in Finland and performed as a soloist with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. In the autumn of 2020, she played as a soloist with the Academy Woodwinds orchestra.
During the spring of 2022, Kurki will be substituting as the principal viola in the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an active and passionate chamber musician and has performed in several festivals in Finland such as the Crusell festival, Avanti! suvisoitto, Aino Acté Chamber Festival, Luosto Soi! and Kamarikesä. Kurki plays a 1722 Maussiel viola kindly loaned by OP Art Foundation.