Category Archives: Finnish

Linda Lampenius

Linda Lampenius (also known as Linda Brava) is a Finnish violinist, who has released classical and classical-fusion albums. Lampenius started violin at an early age and became a soloist for Helsinki Strings (one of the best youth-orchestras in the world) at age 7, and performed as soloist for the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Finland at 11. She studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland from 1985-1997. Linda plays on a 1781 Gagliano violin, worth around €200,000, and with it she has played for many heads of states and royal family members, including the president of Finland, Prince of Monaco, and the royal family of Sweden. She has also played numerous benefit concerts around the world.

But what really brought Linda to my attention was her debut pop album, Linda Lampenius, which was all classical-fusion. Classical-fusion is probably my favourite genre of music, so I’m always hunting for new artists who play in this style, and that’s what led me to Linda. The violin playing is obviously exquisite, but I love how many of the tracks have fun dance beats behind them. And of course what electric-violinist has not played a remix of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue? – a great show of classical technique and fun!

Brava has also enjoyed a career as a model. Over the years she has in many magazines, including Café, Elle, Esquire, GQ, Hello!, Maxim and Playboy; as well as some minor roles in Finnish/Swedish movies and television.  Check out her website: Linda Lampenius

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Antti Tuisku

Antti Tuisku is a Finnish pop star, whose rise to fame came from his competing in the Finnish version of Pop Idol in 2003. Tuisku placed third, but has become by far the most popular artist. He has released seven albums to date, but I have only been able to get my hands on his 6th – Hengitän – released in 2009 and placing #3 on the Finnish charts. Tuisku was also the first Finnish artist to release two albums on the same date with his New York  and Rovaniemi both in 2006 and placing #1 and #2 on the charts respectively. I have read that New York is a dance album while Rovaniemi a more traditional pop album. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on them! I can’t speak for his musical overall, but based on Hengitän I can say its very Euro-pop and it’s fabulous! Fun beats and catchy melodies! Many of the tracks are very electronic/dance. Good stuff.

 

You can try his website too: Antti Tuisku (helps if you know Finnish!)