Nonna Knuuttila started her violinstudies at the age of 5 with prof. Geza Szilvay at the East Helsinki Music Institute. She has studied with Riitta Poutanen and Ari Angervo in West-Helsinki Music Institute and with Seppo Tukiainen at Sibelius-Academy. Nonna was a member of the famous Kuhmo Violinschool, where selected young Finnish violinists were taught for four years by Zinaida Gilels, Pavel Vernikov and Ilja Grubert. Nonna studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Ilja Grubert where she also made her soloist diploma in 1999. Nonna won a third prize in the Juhani Heinonen violin competition for youth in Finland in 1986 and in the international Vincenzo Bellini competition together with pianist Junio Kimanen in 1990. In 1997 she was awarded with the "Chambermusic prize 1997" in De Doelen concert center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she gave a recital with pianist Sander Sittig.
During the years 2000-2005 Nonna was a primas in the Kandinsky String Quartet in Belgium and they gave regularly concerts in Belgium and the Middle Europe. Kandinsky Quartet also recorded flemish music for example Frits Celis: String quartets (Phaedra).
During 2001-2007 Nonna was a primas in Barcelona Collage chamber music group in Spain and a concertmaster of the Porta Ferrada festival orchestra. Barcelona Collage had there own childrens concertserie in Liceu theatre in Barcelona, where one of the productions was S. Prokofjevs Peter and the wolf tale. Some of the highlights of Barcelona collage was a visit to the centre of arts and a home of the pianist Maria Joao Pires in Belgais, Portugal. Barcelona Collage also gave a concert in Circulo des Bellas Artes in Madrid where they performed Schönbergs Transfigured Night together with light artists and dancers.
During 2000-2002 Nonna was a primas in Champ D' Action contemporary music group in Belgium and recorded together with the ensemble Kaija Saariahos piece Solar.
Nonna was a co-leader of the 2nd violingroup in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev in 2005-2009 in The Netherlands. In 2004 Nonna was a concertmaster in the Flemish Opera Orchestra. Last years she has performed for example at the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Gironas contemporary music festival together with Isaac Rodriguez, Cordoba music festival (also masterclass) in Spain, Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium, Music by the sea festival and Loviisa Sibeliusdays in Finland.
Nonna lived and worked a long time in Holland and Belgium (1992-2009) and gave regularly concerts as a soloist and chambermusician around Europe. During the years 2009-2018 Nonna lived in Finland and worked as a lecturer of violin at the Espoo Music Institute. Since 2007 she is an artistic director of the Music by the sea festival in Inkoo, Finland. Since 2010 Nonna has been working as a leader of the 2nd violins in the LCO (Le Concert Olympique) in Belgium; orchestra founded by flemish Beethoven specialist Jan Caeyers. Since 2018 Nonna has been working as a leader of the 2nd violins in Gävle Symphony orchestra in Sweden.
Nonna Knuuttila's violin is a Vincenzo Panormo from 1752.