…violin soloist Fiona Milla Jäntti with Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto [war] a stroke of luck. In Balingen it was the young Finn who made this concert a unique experience, powerful in sound, technically perfect and with deep insight into character and structure…
Violinist Fiona Milla Jäntti stands out for her musical versatility.
Her artistic activities range from the Baroque violin to the Electric violin.
She is a prize winner of several competitions. In 2019, she and her duo partner Ryo Yamanishi were awarded the 2nd prize at the „European Chamber Music Competition Karlsruhe 2019″ awarded. In May 2015 she won an award for the best interpretation of a 21st century work at the „International Knopf Competition for Violin 2015″. In the same month, she was awarded the„Edwin Fischer Recognition Prize 2015″ of the Music University Lucerne. In 2016 she won the 4th prize at the competition „Citta` di Padua”. In 2009 she received a sponsorship award at the „Walter Gieseking Competition Saarbrücken”. In 2002 she won the 1st prize at the „International Competition Queen Sophie Charlotte 2002″. She was also a scholarship recipient of the Live Music Now e.V. Leipzig association and the Baden-Württemberg State Collection.
Fiona Milla Jäntti has performed at venues including Konzerthaus Berlin, Kuopio Music Center, KKL Lucerne, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Zurich and Mendelssohn Haus Leipzig, and has been a guest at festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Music Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hagnauer Klassik and Festival of arts Mirow. As a soloist she has performed with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the North German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim and the Brandenburg Concert Orchestra, under the direction of James Gaffigan, Wojciech Rajski and Ullrich Windfuhr.
… This was followed by Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s violin concerto, played far too rarely – short and to the point, at times brute and loud, but with well-dosed cantabile and even dance-like elements. Violinist Fiona Milla Jäntti played it with self-confidence as well as self-determination, and with this expressive will she took both audience and orchestra by the hand….
The young musician is passionate about chamber music and has performed with renowned musicians such as Eduard Brunner, Tanja Becker-Bender, Muriel Cantoreggi, Gustav Rivinius, Hagai Shaham and Hansjacob Staemmler.
She is also very interested in New Music. She has already worked with composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Alexander Goehr and Fabrice Bollon. The latter is planning a CD recording for Naxos this year with a newly written trio for E-violin, E-cello and keyboard.
Fiona Milla Jäntti made radio recordings for the Saarland Radio, SWR and MDR.
Born in Berlin to German-Finnish parents, she began playing the violin at the age of five; inspired by her Finnish grandfather who played folk music on the violin. She studied with Tanja Becker-Bender, Carolin Widmann and Sebastian Hamann. She received further impulses from Petra Müllejans and Giuliano Carmignola. She completed her concert exam with distinction in the class of Sebastian Hamann at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Her chamber music teachers include Eduard Brunner, Peter Brunt, Florian Hoelscher, Roglit Ishay, Juhani Lagerspetz, Christian Poltéra, Tatevik Mokatsian and Isabelle van Keulen. She also attended master classes with renowned teachers such as David Alberman, Thomas Brandis, Zakhar Bron, Eberhardt Feltz, Ton Koopman, Yair Kless, Hagai Shaham, Michaela Martin, Igor Ozim, Heinrich Schiff and Maxim Vengerov.
Since the winter semester 2019, Fiona Milla Jäntti has held a teaching position at the University of Music in Freiburg. As a passionate teacher, she also teaches at her new own Online violinschool, as well as worldwide via the website “playwithapro” and has been looking after private students for many years.
In her free time, she is passionate about dance, world music, art and psychology.