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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."



Virpi chosen as new artstic director of Oulunsalo Soi-Chamber Music Festival

In 2012 Virpi Räsänen takes the artistic lead of Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival based in the region of Oulu, Finland. Virpi is born in Oulu and this is her dream coming true; working for a music festival close to her own roots. The previous artistic lead during last four years has been in the hands of renowned Finnish String Quartet Meta4. The festival was founded 14 years ago by pianist Izumi Tateno.

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