Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen

Finnish violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is an unusually versatile musician. Though she plays music of every era, the emphasis in her repertoire is on the 17th to 19th centuries. She also plays the viola and viola d’amore and leads orchestras or conducts from the front desk. She is in demand as a
leader of countless early music ensembles and orchestras, performing music of the baroque to symphonies of the age of Mozart and Schubert. Her solo repertoire includes Biber’s Mystery Sonatas, Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas, and solo violin works of the 16th and 17th centuries. Under Philippe Herreweghe she led Collegium Vocale Gent for over 10 years.

She also worked with La Chapelle Royale, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Concerto Copenhagen, Orchestra of the 18th Century, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Cappella Cracoviensis, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Royal Danish Chamber Orchestra, and in Finland, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and Oulu Sinfonia. Professor of chamber music at Stavanger University, Sirkka-Liisa has also been a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Bremen Institute of Arts and teaches at the Sibelius Academy.