Kasmir Uusitupa

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Kasmir Uusitupa (b. 1995) began playing the violin at the age of 3 at the Sibelius Academy. At the age of 6, he transferred to the Eastern Helsinki School of Music and completed his undergraduate studies in violin playing as a student of Lauri Untamala by the age of 11.

Since 2008, he has been studying violin at the Sibelius Academy with Professor Kaija Saariketu’s Violin Class, first in the Department of Youth, and since the autumn of 2015 at the University of the Arts Helsinki. From autumn 2016 to spring 2017, he was an exchange student at the Paris Conservatory in Olivier Charlier’s class, and for the 2017-2018 academic year, he transferred to Antti Tikkanen’s violin class. Uusitupa has regularly participated in master classes, e.g. Hagai Shaham, Serguei Azizian, Aaron Rosand and Pavel Vernikov.

Kasmir Uusitupa has also played a lot of folk music at numerous Finnish festivals when he was younger, and in 2004 and 2005 he was awarded the Martti Pokela “Young Uusimaa Game Man of the Year ” round prize. In 2009, he received the Best Performer Award at the Kuressaare Music Festival in Estonia and played at the RSO’s concert for young soloists as a soloist at Finlandia Hall.

In 2007–2011, Uusitupa performed as a soloist, concertmaster and first violinist with the Helsinki Junior Springs Orchestra conducted by Geza Szilvay in Finland and on many tours in Europe. He also plays in the Borea Quartet, founded in 2011, with Tami Pohjola, Riina Piirilä and Senja Rummukainen. Borea has performed at Finland’s most important chamber music festivals and they were chosen as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Residency Quartet in 2017 to succeed the Meta4 Quartet. In addition to teaching the quartet’s long-term mentor, Paavo Pohjola, they have been taught in international master classes, e.g. Gerhard Schulz, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl and the Danel and Henschel Quartets.

Kasmir Uusituva has international competition experience in the violin competitions of Louis Spohr, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius. In the spring of 2013, she was one of the five main prizes in the Anja Ignatius Violin Competition at the Sibelius Academy, in addition to which he received a recognition award. In the spring of 2015, he was awarded the finalist of the Kuopio National Violin Competition and was chosen as the soloist of the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Kasmir Uusitupa plays the violin of the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation’s Antonio Stradivari “Irish” from 1702.