Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä

Recognized for her energetic, dynamic and sensitive playing, violinist Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä is regularly invited to perform internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and as concertmaster. 

Heikkilä has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras including Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti, Oulu, Kuopio and Lappeenranta Symphony Orchestras, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Helsinki Sinfonietta, iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra and Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra.  

A keen chamber musician, Kreeta-Julia has appeared annually at international festivals in Finland and abroad. She is also the violinist of the “Teos Piano Trio” which saw its debut concert in Tallinn Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2017. Fascinated about different concepts of performing, Kreeta-Julia is a founder and artistic director of the Helsinki Chamber Music Festival as well as Minimalia Concert Series. 

Alongside an extensive solo career, Heikkilä is frequently sought after for her skills and experience as a concertmaster in Europe and USA. She has been guest leading in orchestras such as London BBC Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic and Turku, Tampere and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras. She is also a concertmaster and member of the Danish National Chamber orchestra since 2013. 

Since 2019, Kreeta-Julia has acted as a teacher in chamber music and violin at the Sibelius Academy. Being a passionate young pedagog, she also gives master classes in Finland and abroad. 

Born in 1986, Kreeta-Julia began playing the violin at the age of five at the East-Helsinki Music Institute as a pupil of Geza Szilvay and continued her studies at Sibelius Academy under Prof. Tuomas Haapanen, Päivyt Meller, Prof. Mi-Kuyng Lee, and Tero Latvala. She graduated with distinction from the Sibelius Academy in 2015 and from London Royal College of Music in summer of 2012, where she studied as an AHRC Scholar under Professor Jan Repko. 

Heikkilä plays an Andrea Guarneri (1680), kindly on loan from The Finnish Cultural Foundation.