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Annemarie Åström (born in 1977) started playing the violin at the age of three after
having become inspired by a television series run by Géza and Csaba Szilvay called
"Little Fiddlers in the Land of Music". At the Lohja Music Institute her teacher was
Arja Sippel. Six years later Annemarie started studying with Arja's teacher, Lajos
Garam, at the West Helsinki Music Institute. Since the very beginning Annemarie has
also studied chamber music and orchestral playing in addition to her own violin studies.
During the years 1992 - 1997 Annemarie studied in the Youth Department at the Sibelius Academy with Professor Tuomas Haapanen and conductor-violinist John Storgårds. During these years Annemarie was the principal leader and soloist in the Junior Strings Orchestra conducted by Géza and Csaba Szilvay. The orchestra made tours in Asia, the USA and Europe, and also made several recordings.
Since 1997 Annemarie has continued her studies abroad. After first studying in Gothenburg and Copenhagen with Professor Milan Vitek, she then continued her studies in Cologne with Professor Mihaela Martin. Annemarie has completed her studies both at the School of Music at the University of Gothenburg and the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She also holds a soloist diploma from the University of Gothenburg. In spring 2016 Annemarie became Doctor of Music at the Sibelius Academy, where she focused on Nordic violin music. Her written presentation compared three early childhood violin teaching methods and observed the effectiveness of each method to children holding opposite temperaments.
During 2002 - 2005 Annemarie held a post in the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as the leader of the second violins. She has also been the principal leader on several occasions. For instance, in 2002 and 2003 she was the principal leader of Orkester Norden, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Okko Kamu and in 2008 - 2009 in Kokkola Opera Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. Annemarie has also been substitute as 2nd violin leader in Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and as concert master in Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Vaasa City Orchestra. In 2021 Annamarie played as a soloist with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
Annemarie also plays a lot of chamber music. She has performed in many festivals among others Chamber Music Festival in Stenungsund in Sweden and Sääksmäki Soi!, Riihimäki Summer Concerts, and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. She has played together with Ralf Gothoni, Okko Kamu, Nobuko Imai, Vladimir Mendehlsson, Hagai Shaham, and Massimo Quarta. Besides playing together with her duo partner Sonja Fräki, she also plays in the chamber music group called Ensemble KIC/K. In addition, she plays in a piano trio called the KAAÅS-trio together with Tiina Karakorpi, piano and Ulla Lampela, cello. Since 2013 Annemarie has been the artistic director of the Wegelius String Orchestra.
Annemarie has recorded for Alba (Nordic Violin Music, Finnish Violin Music) and NCA (Brahms). The Nordic Violin Music was selected by HBL (2012) as recording of the year, the Brahms was praised the Strad Magazine and the Finnish Violin Music rated four stars from the Helsingin Sanomat.
For more information: www.annemarieastrom.fi