Petri Tapio Mattson - artistic director, violin, viola, viola da gamba

Petri Tapio Mattson is one of the most esteemed and versatile figures in the field of Early music in Finland. He studied at the Sibelius Academy between 1992 and 1999 with Grazyna Gebert (modern violin), Kreeta-Maria Kentala and professor Jaap Schröder (Baroque violin), Timo Juntura (viola da gamba, chamber music), Rabbe Forsman and Kati Hämäläinen (chamber music, Early music performance practice), and took part in master classes given by the likes of Gottfried Schneider, David Kim, Zoria Shikmurzajeva (modern violin), Sigiswald Kuijken, Charles Toet and Konrad Hünteler (Early music ensemble playing). In 1999 he was awarded his diploma on the Baroque violin under the guidance of legendary professor Schröder - the first of its kind at the Academy.

Petri Tapio Mattson is known for his work as leader and solo violinist with various 'period' and 'modern' orchestras, including Finnish Baroque Orchestra (formerly known as the Sixth Floor Orchestra) from 1999 to 2005, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Finnish-Estonian Baroque Orchestra, Plein-jeu, Lappeenranta Orhcestra, and Haapavesi Chamber Orchestra. He has been active as chamber musician and solo artist with various groups and partners, performing all over Finland and in most countries of the Central and Western Europe.

In 1995 he founded Opus X, and has worked as the Artistic Director of the ensemble between 1995 and 2006 and again from 2009. Under his direction Opus X has made concert appearances and recordings of groundbreaking importance in the Finnish Early music scene. In particular the C.P.E.Bach recordings, directed jointly with Miklós Spányi, have won wide international recognition. His entire discography includes recordings for the labels Alba, BIS, Ondine, Fuga, Naxos, Aeolus and La Bottega Discantica.

In addition to performing on the Early violin, viola and viola da gamba and working as an ensemble director, Petri Tapio Mattson also practices violin making which he studied under the guidance of luthier Pekka Suihkonen of Haapavesi, and writes music primarily in Baroque and heavy metal styles.

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Miklós Spányi - artistic advisor, harpsichord, organ, tangent piano, fortepiano

Petra Aminoff, traverso, recorders

Petra Aminoff - described in 2001 by the music critic Mats Liljeroos as 'indispensable' to the performance of Early music in Finland - studied the recorder at the Sibelius Academy and The Hague conservatory, and the Baroque flute at the Utrecht conservatory with Marten Root. She also took part in master classes given by Konrad Hünteler and Barthold Kuijken, among others.

In addition to her engagements with Opus X, Petra Aminoff has also appeared as principal flautist and soloist with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra as well as other Early music groups. She teaches at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the Espoo Music Institute and the Sibelius Academy. She has made recordings with Opus X, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and fortepianist Annamari Pölhö for labels Alba, Ondine and BIS.

Maija Sinisalo, violin

Maija Sinisalo began a determined musical career at a young age in the famous Helsinki Junior Strings, directed by Géza and Csaba Szilvay. In 2006 she graduated from the Helsinki polytech Stadia. She has studied the violin with Petri Aarnio, Réka Szilvay, and at the Sibelius Academy with Merit Palas. Maija has studied the Baroque violin under the tutelage of Kreeta-Maria Kentala and Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch.

Maija Sinisalo performs regularly with the Finnish Early music orchestras, having had concert appearances at several festivals in Finland and abroad. She has participated in TV and radio broadcasts as well as recordings made by various orchestras. As a versatile musician Maija has also played regularly in theatres and works as a studio musician within the popular music genres. Currently she is a member of the Tampere Filharmonia.

Louna Hosia, cello, viola da gamba

Louna Hosia studied at the Sibelius Academy with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola and Lauri Pulakka. She was the first in Finland to be awarded a diploma on the Baroque cello in 2007. Hosia has complemented her studies on master classes given by Gaetano Nasillo, Phoebe Carrai and Roel Dieltiens and at the Barcelona University of Music under Bruno Cocset.

In addition to Opus X Louna Hosia plays in the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, as well as in the ensembles New Century Baroque, Ensemble Recordanza, Le Fiabe, Cornucopia and Harmoniset Oikut. She participated in the tours of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2009. With these groups she has performed as a cellist and as a gambist on numerous festivals in Finland and abroad, in a total of 21 countries. She teaches at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki) and the West Helsinki Music Institute.

Louna Hosia has made recordings as a member of Opus X for the labels BIS and Alba, and as a member of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra for the labels Aeolus and Naxos.

Petri Ainali, double bass

Anna-Maaria Oramo, harpsichord, organ

Anna-Maaria Oramo performs as a harpsichordist and organist with a repertoire ranging from the 16th century to contemporary music. She studied at the Sibelius Academy and the Paris Conservatory with Elina Mustonen and Olivier Baumont and privately with Pierre Hantaï.

Oramo has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Lohja Orchestra and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Besides Opus X she has performed as chamber and orchestral player with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (including several recordings and tours abroad), many Finnish symphony and chamber orchestras, the Finnish baroque Orchestra, Virtuosi di Kuhmo, Ensemble Medea and the English ensembles The Burney Players and Sprezzatura.

Oramo also works as pedagogue and correpetitor at the Sibelius Academy Early music department and elsewhere, and gives harpsichord lectures in various musical establishments. Oramo is the artistic director of the Helsinki Early Music Week festival which she founded in 2005. At present she is pursuing doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy's DocMus department.

 

Photos Heikki Tuuli 2009

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