Linda Lampenius: Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod), Czardas (Monti), Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms)


http://www.lindalampenius.com/ The Finnish classical violinist Linda Lampenius, also known as Linda Brava, performing at the Nordic Museum, playing a medley of Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod), Czardas (Monti), and Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms), accompanied by Carina E Nilsson on the piano. Produced by Elliot Media / elliotmedia.se Born and raised in a family of artists in Finland, Lampenius began her violin studies at the age of five with Géza Szilvay, the developer of the Colourstrings Method. As a child violinist, she appeared on Finnish TV numerous times and started touring internationally with the prestigious Helsinki Strings at the age of 8, giving concerts in London, New York, Tokyo, and many others. At the age of 11, she appeared as a soloist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Finland and became Concertmistress of the Helsinki Strings a few years later. Lampenius studied at the world-renowned Sibelius Academy from 1985 to 1997, studying violin, music theory and history, pedagogy, and opera singing. She also took part in master classes in France and Israel (Keshet Eilon), and studied privately with professor Mauricio Fuks in the USA. Still a student, Lampenius acquired substantial orchestral experience. From 1990 through 1997, she served as Concertmistress of the Conducting Class Orchestra, taught by professors Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. She also served as Concertmistress of the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra on various occasions as well as played the 1st violin in the Finnish National Opera Orchestra for three years, before embarking on a full-time solo career. She has since made many head of state and royal concert appearances, recorded under EMI Classics, worked with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, headlined music festivals with José Carreras and Kevin Kenner, performed with Andrea Griminelli and Paul Potts, and graced the cover stories in The Sunday Times, Classic FM Magazine, Playboy, and many others. Gramophone, the most respected classical music magazine in the world, described her album "Linda Brava" as "a delightful recital -- played with such warmth, and an eloquent simplicity of line, that the ear is instantly beguiled -- a welcome collection". Lampenius has also made many solo orchestral appearances over the years, including with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schloss Schönbrunn Festival Orchester, and La Scala Chamber Orchestra. After living in Los Angeles and London around the new millenium, Lampenius currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden. She is married to a Swedish lawyer, with whom she has two daughters. During her years in Sweden, Lampenius has performed many times for friends and members of the Swedish Royal Family, in addition to her public performances around the country, including a number of concert tours such as the musical extravaganza "Rhapsody in Rock", staged all over the world. Her international engagements have included, among others, special performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, and the Volvo Ocean Race festivities in Spain. Lampenius has also worked as a session musician, including on the multi-platinum Celine Dion album "Taking Chances". Lampenius has collaborated extensively with Anúna, Ireland's National Choir, both in Europe and the USA. Their "Celtic Origins" project included an award-winning PBS music special seen on 250 TV stations, a nationwide tour around the USA, and CD/DVD releases. The "Celtic Origins" album was North America's Bestselling World Music CD for five consecutive weeks in 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the bestselling CD in all categories at Borders for the entire month of August 2007. They have also collaborated on other albums - such as the 2014 "Illuminations" - and given joint performances in Europe. As of 2018, Lampenius continues to give public and private concerts in Sweden and elsewhere. Solo Albums - Linda Lampenius, 1997 (Finnish Top Album Chart: 8) - Linda Brava, 1999 (UK Classical Chart: 14) - Nordic Light, 2005/08 (Swedish Top Album Chart: 12) - Angels, 2010/11 (Swedish Classical Chart: 3) Lampenius has also worked as a model (Bjorn Borg, Maurice Lacroix), actress ("Baywatch"), politician (Helsinki City Council), rally/co-driver (Finland), entrepreneur ("Linda Cider" sold millions of litres in Finland and Sweden from 1997 to 2000; Nordic Symphony sofa; Day & Night by Linda Lampenius health products), and author (autobiography "Linda" was published in Finland in 2003; a book on eating disorders is due in the near future). In 2008, she participated in "Dancing with the Stars" in Sweden, and after an injury, came 6th out of 12, having won several rounds in the competition. She has also gone in for alpine skiing, boxing, and scuba diving, practised archery in Israel, and trained Muay Thai in Thailand.

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