Biography

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 the Sibelius-Academy. Nonna was a member of the famous Kuhmo Violinschool, where selected young finnish violinists were tought  four four years by Zinaida Gilels,Pavel Vernikov and Ilja Grubert. Nonna studied at the Rotterdams Conservatorium 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 in1990. In 1997 she was awarded with a "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 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 collages performances were  a visit to the centre of arts and home of the  pianist Maria Joao Pires Belgais, in Portugal, where they gave several concerts and their own concert in Circulo des Bellas Artes in Madrid where they did Schönbergs Transfigured Night together with light artists and dancers.

During 2000-2002 Nonna was a primas in Champ DÀction contemporary music group in Belgium and recorded together with the ensemble Kaija Saariahos piece Solar.

Nonna was a leader of 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 in Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, Gironas contemporary music festival together with Isaac Rodriguez, Cordoba music festival (also masterclass), Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium and Loviisa Sibeliusdays in Finland.

Nonna and pianist Ruusamari Teppo gave many concerts last years performing unpublished youthworks by Jean Sibelius and Armas Järnefelt.

Nonna lived and worked a long time in Holland and Belgium (1992-2009) and gave regularly concerts as a soloist and chambermusician around Europe. Since 2009 Nonna lives in Finland and is an artistic director of Music by the Sea Festival in Inkoo. Nonna also works as a lecturer of violin at the Espoo Music Institute. Since 2010 Nonna works as a leader of the 2nd violins in the LCO (Le Concert Olympique)in Belgium; orchestra founded by flemish Beethoven specialist Jan Caeyers.

Nonna Knuuttilas violin is a Vincenzo Panormo from 1752.

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