Johannes Põlda is graduating from his Master’s studies at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under the supervision of Mari Tampere-Bezrodny.
He has also studied in US at Eastman School of Music in the violin class of prof. Oleh Krysa and taken conducting lessons in the orchestra classes of Mark Scatterday and Mark Powell.
He has been successful in competitions, the more recent ones including the special prize in the Andrea Postacchini violin competition in Italy in 2015 and the victory in the chamber music competition at Eastman School of Music in 2017.
Johannes Põlda has been the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Sibelius Academy and Estonian Sinfonietta, since autumn 2018 he has also been the concertmaster of Lapland Chamber Orchestra.
Valeria Rjumina graduated from the BA course at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the supervision of Alexander Ficher and Rūta Lipinaitytė-Savickienė and the MA course under Mari Tampere-Bezrodny.
In 2000-2005, she worked as the concertmaster of second violins in Narva Town Orchestra.
Her love for chamber music found expression in two very different ensembles close to her heart allowing her to express her musical ideas. The aim of the quartet Insomnia is to bring the string quartet left in the status of an outdated museum piece to the 21st century. DART DUO established together with the viola player Maria Nesterenko takes a step further by providing new opportunities for listening to electronic music.
In addition to active performance of chamber music, Valeria Rjumina also teaches violin at the Kuusalu School of Arts and works as the concertmaster of the second violins in the Estonian Sinfonietta.
Maria Nesterenko graduated from the BA curriculum of the violin and MA curriculum of viola at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the supervision of Mari Tampere-Bezrodny.
She has also polished her skills at Conservatory of Music Alfredo Casella L’Aquila in Italy supervised by Fulvio Leofreddi and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria in the class of Christian Euler.
Since 2008, Maria has worked in the Symphony Orchestra of the National Opera Estonia and performed with various chamber music ensembles and also as a soloist.
Together with Valeria Rjumina, she also plays in the electronic music group DART DUO allowing her to express herself also in a more improvisational form which is her great passion.
Maria Nesterenko is the concertmaster of the viola section of Estonian Sinfonietta.
Jarkko Ensio Launonen began his cello studies in Hämeenlinna and continued in Helsinki Conservatory and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences under the supervision of Tapani Heikinheimo and Samuli Peltonen.
Playing music in chamber music ensembles has always been his passion. Over the years, he has played at Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Naantali Music Festival, Heinävesi Music Days, Leigo Lake Music and several festivals in Europe.
As a soloist, Launonen has played with Helsinki Sinfonietta and Estonian Sinfonietta while also the concertmaster of the cello section of either orchestra.
Karl Johann Lattikas graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki majoring in percussions. He started his Master’s studies at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne in autumn 2018 under the supervision of Johannes Wippermann and Patrick Kersken.
Lattikas has had the opportunity to play with various orchestras and ensembles such as the EU Youth Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kokkola Opera Ensemble, Järvi Instrumentalists, Turku Royal Musicians.
As a soloist, he has played with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Sinfonietta.
Kaia Lattikas graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the supervision of prof. Leo Normet with a Master’s degree in Musicology.
She has worked as a producer, author and host of music programmes for the Estonian Television, as a producer for Tallinn Philharmonic and the season coordinator for SA Eesti Kontsert.
As a producer, she has organised numerous large-scale festivals over the years such as Birgitta Festival, Perfect Silence, Tallinn International Music Festival of Bach bachFest, David Oistrahh Festival, Artissimo!.
She has dedicated the past nine years to the orchestra that now bears the name Estonian Sinfonietta.