B i o g r a p h y
The accordionist Heidi Luosujärvi was born in Rovaniemi, Finland. She studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki with
Matti Rantanen and at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany with Mie Miki. Further artistic impulses she has gotten from Georg F. Schenck, Jürgen Kussmaul, Ralf Gothóni and Juan José Mosalini among others.
Luosujärvi is a prize-winner in numerous international competitions as a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the “Arrasate Hiria”-competition in Spain, the JAA- accordion competition in Tokyo the “Prix international de l’accordéon Luxembourg” as well as the international accordion competition in Klingenthal, Germany and the "Gaetano Zinetti" -chamber music competition in Italy.
Luosujärvi has appeared with solo recitals and as a chamber musician widely in Europe as well as in the USA, Asia and in the Middle East. She has played as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland and with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim as well as a member of Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, notabu. ensemble neue Musik and Young Euro Classic Ensemble. Her chamber music partners have been among others Ma’alot Quintet, tenor Christoph Prégardien, cellist Alexander Hülshoff and pianist Jukka Nykänen. She works regularly and presents world premieres with such composers as Toshio Hosokawa, Yuji Takahashi, Wolfgang Rihm, Younghi Pagh-Paan, James Ogburn and Glenn Erik Haugland.
Heidi Luosujärvi has performed with recitals and chamber music concerts in many international festivals such as LuostoClassic, Westfalen Classics, Stelzenfestspiele bei Reuth, Deià International Music Festival, Festival ZeitGenuss and in concerts of Villa Musica -foundation and Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano. Her concert performances have been broadcasted on Japanese Music Bird -radio station and on German radio stations WDR3, DLF and SWR.
Luosujärvi has received grants among others from Werner Richard- Dr. Carl Dörken- Foundation/ Germany, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Paulo Foundation/ Finland. In 2010 she was awarded with a grant for young talented soloists in North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany.
Shortly after her graduation in 2013 she was appointed docent and teaching assistant of Mie Miki at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, specializing in performance studies.
Photo: Octavian Balea