Senja Rummukainen

Senja Rummukainen © Heikki Tuuli

Senja Rummukainen (1994) was awarded the 1st prize in the Finnish National Cello Competition 2014 in Turku and 2015 she was a finalist in the international Guilhermina Suggia Prize competition. In 2019 she was a finalist in the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition. Senja is a known guest at various music festivals such as the Naantali Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Kauniainen Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival Grieg in Bergen Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. She was the Young Artist of the Year at the Korsholm Music Festival in 2015 and since 2016 she has been part of the ”Young Chamber Musicians”-program at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

Rummukainen has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Joensuu Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. She has made recordings for YLE.

Rummukainen is an active chamber musician and her chamber music partners have included Pekka Kuusisto, Jaakko Kuusisto, Elina Vähälä, Cecilia Zilliacus, Niek de Groot, Lise Berthaud, Jennifer Frautchi and Oliver Triendl, to name a few. In 2017 she became the 2nd principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been guest principal cellist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Senja is one of the artistic directors of the Chamber Summer Festival in Helsinki.

Senja Rummukainen is currently finishing her master studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Her previous teachers have been Taru Aarnio, Marko Ylönen, Young-Chang Cho and Truls Mørk. Senja has participated masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher.

She has been supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Wihuri Foundation, Kordelin Foundation, Paulo Foundation, Lehtinen Foundation, Pro Musica Foundation and the Wegelius Foundation. Currently she plays a cello by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.