CURRICULUM VITAE

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I studied violin making and repair at the Newark School of Violin Making (NSVM) in England. I graduated with distinction in July 2004. I was awarded the Benslow Musical Trust prize for the best instrument made over the year 2003-04. I have also studied restoration and repair at the British Violin Making Association (BVMA) course in 2006.


After graduation I have worked as a violin maker and repairer being a member of the Acamedia Cooperative.
I have also briefly taught the violin making evening course at the Finnish Adult Education Centre of the City of Helsinki.

I have taken part in instrument making competitions:

  • BVMA Genius of the Violin competition London 2004,
  • Finnish Violin Making Association competition Espoo 2004,
  • Concours Etienne Vatelot Paris 2004,
  • Mittenwald 5th International violin making competition 2005,
  • Cremona XI Triennale Competition 2006,
  • Finnish Violin Making Association competition Helsinki 2007,
  • Cremona XII Triennale Competition 2009.

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Newark School of Violin Making - NSVM

Along with the numerous prizes in the national finnish competitions I have been awarded an Honourable Mention for my viola at the Cremona Triennale in 2006.

At the Cremona Triennale in 2009 I was awarded the first prize in the violin category and I was also awarded two gold medals for the acoustically best instrument entered to the competition.

Before starting to study violin making I studied the double bass at the Helsinki Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy. I also worked as a double bass player at the Finnish National Opera Orchestra.

I was born in Varkaus in Eastern Finland.


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