Rebecca Roozeman, Amanda Ernesaks, violin
Kristian Sallinen, viola
Tatu Kauppinen, cello
The Seele Quartet was founded in 2015. All of the players are established soloists and students of the Sibelius Academy, where they have studied under the instruction of Paavo Pohjola, Teemu Kupiainen, and Atte Kilpeläinen. They have also taken part in masterclasses by Marko Ylönen, Meta4, and Mikhail Kopelman, the 1st violin of the legendary Borodin Quartet.
In competitions, the Seele Quartet has won the 1st prize of the Erkki Melartin Chamber Music Competition (2016) and the 2nd prize of the Rising Stars Grand Prix Berlin Competition (2017). In 2018, the Finnish Radio Classic named the quartet ”ensemble of the year” with the Tempo Award.
The Seele Quartet has performed all over Finland as well as in Estonia and England. Since 2018, they have been a resident ensemble of the Kauniainen Music Festival. They have also performed at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Hauho Music Festival, Kamari21, and Klassinen Hietsu.
Rebecca Roozeman (2001) started her violin studies at the Espoo music institute in 2007 with Grazyna Zeranska. Since August 2015 she has been a student of Pekka Kauppinen at the Sibelius Academy Youth Department .
She has been a regular guest with orchestras since 2010, e.g. playing the Mozart G major concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the ‘Young Soloists’-concert at age 11. She was awarded a Pro Musica grant in May 2013. She has appeared at many festivals in both Finland and abroad including the Turku, Tammisaari, Oulainen, Oulunsalo, Mänttä, Kuhmo, Kauniainen, Espoo, Joensuu, Sysmä festivals in Finland, but equally played already at a very age in Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, England, the Netherlands, Nagorno Karabakh.
She visited China performing in six concerts with the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra playing as a soloist in Sibelius Humoreskes. Rebecca is an active chamber musician playing as first violinist in the Seele-quartet which took a first prize in the 2016 Melartin chamber music competition and is actively exploring the quartet literature.. With her brothers she forms a piano trio that performs regularly, playing the Beethoven Triple concerto several times since the spring of 2017 including two concerts with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2019.
Rebecca played in Ana Chumachenko’s masterclasses both in the 2019 Kronberg Violin Masterclasses and at the Gstaad Menuhin Academy. She played the Sibelius concerto and the Beethoven triple concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2019. Other solo appearances that year included the Prokofiev Concerto no.2 with both the Ostrobothnian and the Vaasa/Seinäjoki Orchestras, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher with the Joensuu Philharmonic and Saint-Saëns’ La muse et le poète with the Turku Philhamonic.
This coming summer she will perform at 4 of the leading Finnish festivals with the Seele-quartet including performances with Vladimir Mendelssohn at the Kuhmo Chamber music festival. The quartet will also travel to perform at a festival in Sardinia. Rebecca was awarded first prizes in the Seppo Tukiainen violin Competition in 2010 and in the international ‘Young Musician’-competition in Tallinn in 2011. Other competition success includes first prizes at the international Leonid Kogan Competition (Brussels, 2018) and the Jyväskylä Violin Competition 2019 (age limit 24 years).
Rebecca plays a 1702 Stradivarius violin (‘the Irish’) kindly on loan from the OP-Art Foundation.
Amanda Ernesaks (2002) began playing the violin in 2007 with Grazyna Zeranska-Gebert at the Espoo Music Institute. Since 2014, she has been studying in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department with Päivyt Meller, Laura Vikman, Pekka Kauppinen and currently with prof. Réka Szilvay.
Amanda has played as a soloist with orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wegelius Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Kronberg (2019). She has also attended to masterclasses with Ana Chumachenco, Gerhard Schulz, Mi-Kyung Lee, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Kerson Leong and Jan Repko.
In 2013 and 2015, Amanda has been awarded with 3rd prize in ”Young Musician” -competition in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2016 and 2019 in the J. Heinonen Finnish National Competition, she was awarded with the 1st (2016) and the 2nd (2019) prize.
In 2015 autumn, Amanda established the Seele -quartet together with her friends. She has performed as a chamber musician in numerous festivals.
Kristian Sallinen (born 2001) started playing the violin at the age of 5 in the Espoo Music Institute. His instrument changed to viola in 2013. From the year
2015 he has been studying at the Sibelius-Academy Youth Department, first under the coaching of Teemu Kupiainen, and later with Lilli Maijala. On masterclasses,
his teachers have included e.g. Tabea Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, Yuval Gotlibovich and Hariolf Schlichtig.
Kristian Sallinen is also studying conducting with professor Jorma Panula, as well as professor Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music, London). He has also been
guided by professor Atso Almila and conductor Petri Sakari.
Kristian won the 3rd prize in the Finnish National Viola Competition (Tampere, 2017). He was also awarded the price of the ”young and promising player” as well as the price for the best performance of a contemporary piece (trio), of which he made a recording with the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) in 2018.
Kristian Sallinen plays viola in the Seele -string quartet. He has performed as a chamber musician in several festivals, and played as a soloist for example with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the St. Michel Strings. He was the Young Artist of the Hauho Music Festival in 2018. His studies have been sponsored by
many different Finnish foundations.
Kristian Sallinen plays a Mantegazza viola from the 18th century, owned by the Sibelius Academy.
Tatu Kauppinen is currently studying at Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Marko Ylönen. He has previously studied at Junior Department of Sibelius Academy with Hannu Kiiski. He has also taken part in numerous masterclasses taught by cellists such as Ola Karlsson, Jian Wang and Ivan Monighetti.
Kauppinen has taken part in competitions in Finland and abroad, receiving 3. prize at the Young Virtuosos Competition in Bulgaria (2017) and a special prize at the Turku Cello Competition (2018). Kauppinen is also an active chamber musician and plays as a member of Seele String Quartet.