Kaija Saarikettu*

Succes in violin competitions – first place in the Kuopio National Violin Competition in 1980 and getting to the finals in the international Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in the same year – marked the beginning of Kaija Saarikettu’s career. Since then, she has performed extensively at her own concerts, as a soloist of orchestras and as chamber musician in most European countries, the United States, Japan and Russia. Saarikettu’s interest in the music of our time and collaboration with composers has resulted in a large number of pieces written for her. Kaija Saarikettu has premiered and recorded several violin concertos as well as solo and chamber music compositions by composers such as Einar Englund, Paavo Heininen, Eero Hämeenniemi, Juha T. Koskinen, Jyrki Linjama, Pehr-Henrik Nordgren and Einojuhani Rautavaara. In addition to most of the Finnish orchestras, Saarikettu has performed as a soloist of the Swedish and Danish radio orchestras, the Själland Symphony Orchestra and the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She has worked with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, James DePreist, Paavo Järvi, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Since 1995 Kaija Saarikettu has been Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. *Teaches both violin and viola.