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 "Since 2009, she has wisely focused on singing, and now all of a sudden

 she has a world-class voice capacity. Räisänen interprets the solo songs

 with amazing confidence and boldness."




"Räisänen's strength lies in the dynamic flexibility of her voice and in her ability to express the nuances of music and drama."



"Astonishingly naturally Räisänen played and sang simultaneously, as if having an expressive dialogue between bright and dark sides of her personality. She has similar kind of lyrical and radiantly beautiful tone both in her singing voice and in her violin."

-Helsingin Sanomat-



"...creative tone world accented by mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen's magnetic charisma and expression."

-Norrbottens Kuriren-


"...the moonlike scenery, which is lightend up by mezzo soprano Virpi Räisänen's radiant, heart touching singing."



"Playfull and surprising Virpi Räisänen shows that one can combine voice and body in many unexpected ways. Sequenza III from Luciano Berio is exploring all the possibilities of a female voice and Virpi was facinating and impressively agile both in her voice and body."






Artistic Director since 2012






Project Violin - Mezzo


Virpi Räisänen started in 2005 a project combining her two professional skills: singing and violin playing. In Finnish she calls this project as VIULAJA (violinist = viulisti, singer = laulaja) and in English Project violin-mezzo. She functions herself as a performer of these both instruments, playing and singing simultaneously.

Repertoire for this project she has gathered from already existing pieces written for voice and violin, some of the pieces she has arranged herself. However, VIULAJA-project is foremost an interesting and challenging venue for composers who find it fascinating to combine these two instruments to become one. It allows to create a new sound world based in the performers virtuosic ability of mastering two instruments simultaneously and as equal.


Following composers have been or are at the moment involved in this project:


  • Ilmari Mäenpää, Finland           ' Trasparente ' 2006
  • Jouni Kaipainen, Finland           ' X-citement Op.81' 2007
  • Juha T. Koskinen, Finland
  • Perttu Haapanen, Finland        ' Marlowe's Dreams' 2008
  • Asko Hyvärinen, Finland           ' Cosmic Messenger ' 2007
  • Mark Kirschenmann, USA
  • Jean Vugt The Netherlands      ' The Fly ' 2008
  • Ronald Kool, The Netherlands
  • Beverley Julie Lunt, UK/NED     ' On Home', 'Hokhma -Sofia' 2009
  • Harri Österman, Finland           ' Salotiellä', 'Doch alles was uns...' 2009
  • Risto Ainali, Finland                  arr. 'Vanha Virsi Taalainmaalta' 2009
  • Simon Casali-Krzentowsky, Italy-Poland, 'Krantenknipsels' 2003

Ilmari Mäenpää's Trasparente for soloviolin-mezzo was filmed in 2010 by Klaffi-productions in Oulu region and released in 2011.


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