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Linnea Hurttia - violin

Linnea Hurttia
Linnea Hurttia began her violin studies at Turku Conservatory at the age of 5 under Arja Sippel. 1992-2005 she studied as a pupil of Araik Resjan. After studies at Sibelius-Academy with Seppo Tukiainen, Linnea Hurttia became a Master of Music 2012. She finished Masters diploma also at the Hannover University of Music, where her teacher was Ulf Schneider. During 2007-2008 Linnea Hurttia studied at the Liszt Ferench Academy of Music, Budapest in the class of Vilmos Szabadi and 2010-2011 in Madrid at the International Chamber Music Institute in the class of Ralf Gothoni. She has also attended master classes with, among others, Zakhar Bron, Ilja Grubert and Shlomo Mintz.

Linnea Hurttia has performed multiple times as a soloist with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, City Orchestra of Lappeenranta and Sigyn Sinfonietta. She has given recital concerts in USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Rumania and throughout Finland. Linnea Hurttia appears frequently with pianist Valeria Resjan. Duo was chosen to represent Finland and Sibelius Academy during Finlands EU Presidency 2006.

As a chamber musician Linnea Hurttia has performed during the Turku Music Festival and the Nauvo Chamber Music Days for example. In addition to Odysseus String Quartet she is a founding member of Madrid based Trío Isis.

Linnea Hurttia won the 1st price in the International H. Eller Violin Competition in 2008. She was also rewarded with a special prize for the best performance of Caprice by Niccolo Paganini.




Sylvia Hurttia - violin

Sylvia Hurttia
Sylvia Hurttia began her violin studies with Arja Sippel at the age of four at Turku Conservatory of Music in Finland. From 1992 to 2010 she studied in the class of Araik Resjan first at Turku Conservatory of Music and later at Turku Music Academy. During the academic year of 2008-2009 she studied with Professor Jela Spitkova at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and later during the academic year of 2010-2011 at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest in the class of Professor Vilmos Szábadi. Between years 2012-2014 she studied in Germany under the guidance of Professor Thomas Christian at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold from where she gained her Soloistic Master Diploma.

Sylvia Hurttia has performed as solo, chamber and orchestra musician in several European countries as well as in China and in the USA. During the last concert season she performed in more than 120 concerts in Germany, France, Spain, Estonia, Ireland and in the UK. She has appeared as a concert master and section leader with the Youth and Chamber Orchestras of Turku Conservatory, Sigyn Sinfonietta, Detmold Chamber Orchestra and Kammerphilharmonie Köln. Since autumn 2009 Sylvia Hurttia has been a member (2nd violinist) of Odysseus String Quartet.

Sylvia  Hurttia has participated in the master classes of Ilja Grubert, Vilmos Szábadi, Cecilia Zilliacus, Pavel Vernikov, Philippe Graffin, Rimtautas Cekuolis, Christian Altenburger, Simon Standage and Régis Pasquer. During her studies Sylvia Hurttia has received chamber music teaching from Erkki Lahesmaa, Paavo Pohjola, Marko Ylönen, Gábor Csálog, Peter Orth and Auryn Quartet. In chamber music master classes she has studied with Hatto Beyerle, Evgenia Epshtein, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, András Keller, Jan Talich, Johannes Meissl, Georg Hamann, Gabriel Loidi, and Engegård String Quartet. In summer 2010 Sylvia Hurttia attended the chamber music master class of Alban Berg String Quartet at the prestigious Chigiana Music Academy in Siena, Italy. In 2008 and 2009 she participated in the master classes of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whereupon she played at the Attersee Classic Festival and at the Salzburg Music Festival in Festspielhaus. Sylvia Hurttia has performed also in another prestigious music Festivals such as Turku Music Festival and Naantali Music Festival in Finland, Chigiana Summer Music Festival in Italy and Musiksommer Reichenau in Austria.




Maya Egashira - viola

Maya Egashira
The Japanese violinist Maya Egashira has performed extensively around the world.
 
She served as the second concertmaster in Orquestra do Porto Casa da Musica in Portugal, while earlier she played in the Sinfonia Lahti, and Kuopio City Orchestra in Finland. She was invited as a guest concertmaster in orchestras in Finland, Sweden, Portugal and Japan.
 
Her most notable performances include with Ralf Gothóni for Finnish President Matti Ahtisaari and her recital in Japan was selected as "notable concert of the month" in the music magazine “Ongaku-no Tomo”.
Since 2015, she has been invited to Maputo Classical Music Season and work in Xiquitsi Project.
 
Her interest in chamber music, both as violinist and violist, extends over the regular repertoire to the contemporary era. She plays the viola in the Odysseus String Quartet and the contemporary ensemble “MusicaQuLacoza” based in Nagoya.
 
Maya Egashira holds a Master of Music (2008, highest honors) from the Sibelius Academy and the Bachelor’s degree from the Aichi University of Arts. She studied the violin with Yoko Seto, Michael Vaiman, Jozef Kopelman and Alexandre Vinnitski and the viola with Toby Hoffmann and Ron Ephrat. She participated master courses with P.Vernikov, G.Pauk, S.Minz, Alban Berg Quartet among others.




Johannes Teppo - cello

Johannes Teppo
Johannes Teppo was born into a musical family in Tallinn, Estonia in 1986. He completed his Master degree with excellent grades in the class of Hannu Kiiski at the Sibelius Academy in 2013. At the moment Johannes is working as a freelance musician and a teacher at the International School of Music Finland, Meri-Helsinki Music School and Kallio Music School in Helsinki, Finland. As well he is often invited to substitute as a conductor and a teacher at the Keskisen Uudenmaan Musiikkiopisto and Pohjois-Helsingin musiikkiopisto in Finland. As an orchestra musician Johannes has been playing in Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Sinfonietta, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, Hyvinkää Orchestra, Hämeenlinna City Orchestra and Joensuu City Orchestra.

He began his cello studies at the age of six with Laine Leichter and Leho Karin at the Tallinn Music High School. After graduation he continued with Prof. Peeter Paemurru at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. And since year 2006 studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland: 2006-2010 in the class of Hannu Kiiski and 2010-2012 with Jan-Erik Gustafsson. In 2012-2013 Johannes continued with Prof. Bion Tsang at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in USA. He completed his Master degree with excellent grades in the class of Hannu Kiiski at the Sibelius Academy in December 2013.

Johannes has had an opportunity of receiving masterclasses from such distinguished teachers as Marko Ylönen, Enrico Bronzi, Young Hoon Song, Troels Svane, Francis Gouton, Ola Karlsson, Niels Ullner, Florian Kitt and Emanuel Gruber. Johannes has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot, Tallinn Youth Orchestra and the New Chamber Orchestra of Riga in Latvia. He has achieved notable success in several competitions i.e. 2nd prize and special prize at the 4th A. Dombrovski`s International Contest in Riga.

Johannes has also been active in chamber music, he has been part of different ensembles and received masterclasses from Paavo Pohjola, Valentin Erben, Günter Pichler, Hatto Beyerle, Marko Ylönen, Martti Rautio, Ralf Gothóni, Anne Epperson and Engegård String Quartet. In year 2010 Johannes attended the chamber music master class of Alban Berg String Quartet at the prestigious Chigiana Music Academy in Siena, Italy. Johannes has performed also in other prestigious music Festivals such as Turku Music Festival and Naantali Music Festival in Finland, Chigiana Summer Music Festival in Italy and Musiksommer Reichenau in Austria.

As a soloist and chamber musician Johannes has performed in Finland, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Latvia, Italy, USA and in Russia. Several times he has been recorded at the Estonian Radio and at the Riga Radio. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Odysseus String Quartet and the Duo JohAnnas cello duo, since 2016 also cello-piano duo Duo Baltica.