Finnish violinist Meri Englund has served as concertmaster of Tapiola Sinfonietta since 2003. She has also worked as a substitute concertmaster for the Finnish Radio Orchestra and is a member of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. Throughout her successful career as chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster she has established herself as a respected and versatile musician in Finland and worldwide.
Ms. Englund started her musical journey playing piano first at age three, then was fascinated by violin at the age of six and started her violin studies at the Espoo Music Institute. In 1993, she qualified into the prestigious Sibelius Academy engaging in studies under Jaakko Ilves, Kaija Saarikettu and Mi-Kyung Lee. During 1996-1997, she studied at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama under the leadership of professor Milan Vitek. Meri Englund received her Master's degree with honors from the Sibelius Academy in 2004 and has subsequently attended master classes with Ana Chumachenko, Leonidas Kavakos, Pinchas Zukerman and Igor Ozim. In 2000, she won First Prize in Finlands national Kuopio Violin Competition.
Ms. Englund enjoys performing in a wide variety of styles and venues around the world. Besides taking part in a number of chamber music festivals in Finland, she has held solo engagements with numerous Finnish orchestras. Internationally, she has performed in most European countries as well as Japan and the United States.
During the season 2012-2013 she was invited to perform at La Jolla Summer Fest in San Diego and at numerous other chamber music events in Southern California area. In addition she performed recitals in New York and Washington D.C with pianist Paavali Jumppanen. Future engagements for the coming year include chamber music, orchestra concerts and solo performances in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Finland and France.
At the moment Ms. Englund lives with her family in San Diego, California. When not playing the violin, she enjoys the outdoors and free time with her family, husband and two children. Aside from music, she is interested in cooking and enjoys sharing good food with friends and family alike.
Meri Englund plays a Cremonese Lorenzo Storioni-school violin from the late 18th century, with deep appreciation towards Finnish Cultural Foundation and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation who provided important financial support for the acquisition of this special instrument.
Meri Englund last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2013.