1. When and why did you start playing?
I was 4 years old when I wanted to start playing the violin and that has been my passion since then. I saw little violinists on television with Geza Silvay and wanted my parents to buy me a violin. One young violinist started to teach me and so everything started.
2. Which instruments do you play?
My main instrument is violin, but I sing and play the piano too.
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Oh my, that’s a hard question. I guess I’ve hummed many melodies already before I started to play the violin. I really don’t remember any specific song. At first it took a while to get a proper sound from violin but when I practiced hard I learned to handle the violin as a part of my body.
4. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
I think I’ve been a performer since I was a little girl. I’ve always loved to arrange different kinds of events and shows, so my studies now are perfect for that. The stage is the best place to be. When I was a little girl I used to perform in every event in my home town. That was so fun!
5. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
I listened classical music almost all my childhood life, so yes. I was listening to and tried to learn the meaning behind those great compositions for example by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Beethoven. Pop, rock, soul, r&b, country and latin music came much later to my life, but of course I’ve taken many influences from other major musicians.
6. How often and for how long do you practice?
They say that practice makes you professional and that’s the path I’ve tried to follow. I practice every day, some days more and some days less, depending on my studying schedule. But practicing is pleasure, cause it brings me a great mood every time!
7. What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
You need to find your passion and then work, work, work and work. Be determined, whet you want to achieve, believe in yourself and make your dreams to goals and you’ll reach them. I’ve always said to my children and my students that you can be whatever you like if you believe in yourself and try hard.
8. What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
Connections are really important and this is an awesome new opportunity here in the capital of the music business, beautiful Los Angeles! I try to sense this atmosphere and gather all influences. I can connect with other professionals here. You never know what that might bring to your life!
9. You recently move to the U.S. so how do you like it?
Yes, I moved to sunny Los Angeles and started Music business studies in UCLA. This is so awesome! Every single morning I’m so happy that I have this opportunity. I love this city and all the diversity, new people and places here! So much to learn every day! I’ve also started modeling again and that’s so fun!
10. How does the music industry compare to where you are from?
Of course Los Angeles is a bigger city than Finland as a country so the difference is huge. I feel that there are so many more opportunities, people are supporting, helping each other and genuinely happy of your success. Of course you need to know what you are looking for and where to find all the good opportunities.
11. Where can fans find you on social media?