Linda Suolahti, 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.
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 studies conducting at the Sibelius Academy’s Conducting Class with professor Sakari Oramo. His previous conducting teachers have been professor Jorma Panula, as well as professor Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music, London). At the Sibelius Academy, he has also been guided by Susanna Mälkki and Hannu Lintu. In connection with master classes, Sallinen has conducted Helsinki, Vaasa and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras, Ostrobotnian Chamber Orchestra, Finnish RSO, Lithuanian State Orchestra and Berlin Sinfonietta.
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 various 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.