Born in Kuopio, violist Vuokko Lahtinen has recently completed a master’s in music from the Sibelius Academy and is finishing her studies at the University of the Arts, Berlin as a student of Wilfried Strehle.
She has previously studied at the Paris and Helsinki Conservatories, as well as in Jorma Panula’s Young-Conductor courses. Her previous viola teachers have included Ulrich Knörzer, David Gaillard, Tommi Aalto, and Helge Valtonen.
Chamber music has brought Lahtinen all over the world, from Svalbard to the Loire Valley in France, from the peaks of Luosto to the Kumaus-festival in Lappenranta.
Lahtinen has gained orchestral experience from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan Academy Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish National Opera orchestra, and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. This past spring, Lahtinen has worked as the sub-principal viola at the Finnish National Opera.
Multidisciplinary work is very important to Lahtinen. In the spring of 2023, she participated in a performance which combined theater, Ukrainian contemporary music, and sonic arts in the Helsinki Music Centre in collaboration with Ukrainian Children’s Theater Kalambur. She also has an ongoing collaboration with media artist Otso Havanto, which explores, among other things, the behavior of brainwaves during musical performances.