Tuulia is a professional violinist and chamber musician, as well as an experienced teacher and educator based in London. Holder of The Eduard and Marianna Loeser Scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Tuulia is finishing her Master’s in Performance degree under the guidance of Levon Chilingirian, Adrian Brendel and David Dolan. Originally from Finland, Tuulia was trained in violin from the age of 4 and brought up at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. She has additionally been coached at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, as well as in other places of exceptional musical heritage, such as in Prussia Cove (UK), Yellow Barn Young Artist Program (USA) and Schleswig-Holstein International Masterclasses (Germany). As a performer, Tuulia gave her debut in 2012 at the Kauniainen Music Festival and has since then been invited to perform in places, such as the Presidential Palace of Finland, the Concert Hall of Music Centre in Helsinki and the Milton Court Concert Hall in London. She has been awarded the Pro Musica Award, and grants and scholarships by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Sibelius Academy Foundation, Martin Wegelius Foundation and Finnish Music Foundation.
Tuulia is the violinist of award-winning London-based ensemble Paddington Trio, as well as an Ambassador for The Benedetti Foundation and a tutor at the Finnish Saturday School of London. She is Violin Teacher at the World Heart Beat Music Academy under Sahana Gero MBE, where she has her own violin and chamber music studios. Having herself received excellent coaching since a very young age, Tuulia is very passionate about sharing her expertise and musical excitement with others. Having studied Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, having been extensively coached at The Benedetti Foundation, and having worked as Substitute Violin Teacher at East Helsinki Music Institute, Tuulia has been trained to tailor her lessons according to the individual needs and goals of a student, including students with special needs. She is interested and experienced in teaching students of any age range, from beginners to advanced, and hopes to encourage students of any age to get back to learning more about the unlimited possibilities and power within music. Having studied and taught classical improvisation for years, as well as jazz improvisation for violin, Tuulia loves to include elements of improvisation in her lessons in order to use multiple great resources to unlock musical potential.
Greatest Musical Inspiration
At 17 years old, I spent some remarkable time working intensively with the late violinist Ivry Gitlis. He taught me that a whole performance is defined by the fraction of a second before it begins, and that to be firm is to be tender. Most days I think about what it truly means for us to be free in our expression, and how difficult it is for any person to access the sort of freedom that they may have never witnessed in others. Witnessing Ivry, for me, was a first glimpse into something new.
Best Musical Advice
To be in the mission of bridging gaps, and in the mission of embodying something that you believe in. The power of music is to be accessed by truly connecting with ourselves and others.