LINDA LAMPENIUS, aka LINDA BRAVA

Linda Lampenius, also known as Linda Brava, made her stage debut singing at the tender age of three. By eight she had become an accomplished violinist and thus began a life of touring and performance that has taken her all over the world as a chamber musician, soloist and concert master. Lampenius studied at world-renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She has released four solo albums and made numerous television appearances in Europe, the USA and Asia. She was a guest star on Baywatch. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber asked Lampenius to perform as the soloist in ”Metal Philharmonic” which gained huge exposure for her across Europe. Linda has brought her beautiful sound, virtuosity, expansive interpretations and creative repertoire choices to diverse global audiences. Linda is accoladed for ”singing” on her beautiful Gagliano 1781 violin.

Background

Linda Brava Lampenius (a/k/a Linda Lampenius) is from a Swedish-speaking Finnish family in which music formed a vital part of life. Her father, Börje Lampenius, is a former theatre director, actor, singer, and also a composer of musicals and operettas. Her mother, Ulla Eklund, is a former actress and singer. Each worked primarily at the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, also on TV and in films.

At age three, Linda began began performing in public with her parents, as a singer. Later she played the violin accompanied by her father at the piano while her mother sang. In 1978, Vasabladet reported on Linda as; a child violinist to remember, following after her impressive first solo concert appearance.

In more recent years, Linda has concertized widely outside Finland as well as within, and has lived in Los Angeles, London and Stockholm, where she has lived since 2002.

Early years

In her very early years, in a musical kindergarten, Linda played several instruments, but at age 5, under the guidance of Géza Szilvay, the developer of the Colourstrings Method, began focusing on the violin exclusively. Soon thereafter, at age 8, she became a member of  the Helsinki Strings. Named one of the best youth orchestras in the world, Max Rostal and Yehudi Menuhin both served as patrons of the Helsinki Strings.

Through her childhood, Linda toured throughout the world, giving concerts in London, New York, Tokyo and other foreign cities. As a child, she also appeared many times on Finnish TV as part of the artistic-educational TV series Minifiddlers in Musicland on YLE.

In a fairly rapid succession, Linda was awarded a scholarship by the well-known Swedish Cultural Foundation for being such a promising young violinist, and at age 11 became Concertmistress of the Helsinki Strings, and performed as a soloist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Finland. At about the same time, she was selected for solo roles in national orchestras touring among others in England.

Education and orchestral work

From 1985 through 1997, Linda studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, first at the Junior Academy, then at the university level Department of Soloists where she was admitted as one of the first students to be so honored based solely on her audition performances. Linda studied the violin, music theory and history, pedagogy and opera singing, and had her own violin students as well. She also played in chamber ensembles, and her Ofelia quartet was chosen by the famous Amadeus Quartet to perform at the final concert of the Academy’s master class.

While a student, Linda acquired substantial orchestral experience. From 1990 through 1997, she served as Concertmistress in the Orchestra of the Conducting Class, taught by professors Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. She also served as Concertmistress of the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra on various occasions, and for three years, before embarking on her own professional solo career, she played first violin in the Finnish National Opera Orchestra.

Supplementing her Sibelius Academy experience, Linda studied also with professors Mauricio Fuks in the USA as well as taking master classes in Finland, France and Israel, including Shlomo Mintz’s Keshet Eilon Violin Programme and Shmuel Ashkenasi’s master class at the Sibelius Academy.

Lajos Garam, Doctor of Music and former head of the Department of Soloists at the Sibelius Academy, has said of Linda that ”She is a sensitive artistic type and very skillful and experienced as a musician. Her playing is high-quality and full-blooded”. For conductor Atso Almila ”It was self-evident that she was going to be one of the most notable Finnish violinists”. Similarly, violinist and professor Päivyt Meller has stated that ”Linda is multiply gifted. She has lots of capability of expression, strength, and artistry, and her playing is technically on quite a high level”, while violinist and conductor Ari Angervo has said that ”Linda just wanted to learn to play as well as possible, to go as deep as possible into music. To my mind she has succeeded in that. Linda is top talented as a violinist”. From an academic perspective, professor Mauricio Fuks put it this way: ”She has a talent for learning and absorbing new things very quickly. – Linda is very talented and takes her playing seriously. – I am very happy getting to work with a person this sweet. We have been working daily and her playing keeps improving all the time. I would describe Linda as a natural talent, who is at home with the violin”.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Linda has performed all around Europe, Asia and the USA. She has collaborated and given recitals with Finnish, Swedish and English pianists, including John Lenehan, Linn Hendry, Timo Koskinen, Folke Gräsbeck, Risto Lauriala, Arto Satukangas and Laura Mikkola. She has performed as a soloist with several Finnish and Swedish orchestras, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the La Scala Opera Orchestra, the RTÈ National Symphony OrchestraSchoenbrunn Palace Orchestra and toured as a soloist with Paul Potts accompanied by a Prague based Symphony Orchestra, formed by musicians from two of the biggest orchestras in Prague, including the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Linda’s classical album ”Linda Brava” was released world wide in 1999. She toured in Asia and Europe promoting the album. At the time Linda was the most selling Finnish classical artist in the world. Linda’s concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales was televised on BBC.

In 2003 Linda went on her first major concert tour in Sweden. The outcome was very successful as critics raved her talent.

Linda has since participated in various concert tours and given concerts in most concerthalls and stadiums around Sweden, performing with artists like violinist Kalle Moraeus, pianist Robert Wells, pianist Carina E. Nilsson, pianist Love Derwinger, soprano Sofia Källgren, soprano Hannah Holgersson, harpist Monica Ramos, pop singer Molly Sandén, pop singer Sanna Nielsen, singer and actress Pernilla Wahlgren, baryton Fredrik Lycke and baryton Fredrik Benedict Nybladh.

In 2007 Linda played as a special guest soloist in Anúna’s ”Celtic Origins” project, which included the multi award winning PBS music special aired on more than 200 TV channels across the USA, two-month concert tour in USA and CD/DVD releases. The ”Celtic Origins” album was North America’s Bestselling World Music CD for five consecutive weeks, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and the bestselling CD in all categories at Borders for the entire month of August 2007.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber handpicked Linda to play the lead in Metal Philharmonic. Linda performed the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman symphony together with an orchestra, a choir, a band and a group of dancers at the 23rd Sydmonton Festival. The collaboration between Linda and Lloyd Webber meant a significant media exposure for her especially in Europe, including the cover story of The Sunday Times’ Culture supplement. Thereafter, Linda also became known as the Bach Babe in tabloids in the UK, and The Sun ran a front page article on her, rating her above Vanessa-Mae with headline ”Vanessa Mae, Linda does”.

PERFORMANCES

Linda performs at corporate events on a regular basis, performing classical music, pop music, rock music and folk music. Every performance is custom made. She performs with singers, pianists, harpists, chamber groups, orchestras, pop bands and rock bands.

Linda has performed for head of states and royals, including former President of Finland Martti AhtisaariFurst Rainier and Prince Albertof Monaco and the Royal Family of Sweden on numerous occasions.

She has also played for various European and American politicians, including the United States Secretary of Defense William Perry, and for some of the Nobel Prize laureates on the Arctic Circle.

Linda has played at numerous TV shows and concerts all around the world, for example RAI Uno’s show ”Torna a Surriento” and PBS Special”Celtic Origins”.

Linda often performs at charity events, in order to help contribute funds for different charities. She has played at the 150th Anniversary Gala Concert of the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Sweden, Project Playground’s galas in Stockholm, Göteborg and Örnsköldsvik, ”Humorgalan” on TV4, Lastenklinikoiden kummit’s TV galas ”Joulun Tähti” and ”Joulu Mielelle” and on behalf of Unicef during the White Turf celebrations in St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Linda has head lined a variety show called Fantastix in a theatre in Stockholm.

Some of Linda’s special appearances include performances for the KFOR troops in Kosovo, the Rhapsody in Rock show at the Royal Albert Hall in London and at the Cannes Film Festival. violin concerts in Kazakhstan and Siberia.

Over the years Linda has performed at various sports events. She has played at ice hockey, soccer and basketball games in Finland and Sweden, twice at the ATP Champions event at the Royal Albert Hall in London (televised by the BBC and Eurosport) and at Formula 1events in Monaco and Monza. In the Ericsson Globe, Linda has been the opening act at different televised sports events, including K-1 galas and the 2008 GE Gala in Stockholm. In Moscow Linda’s played for Ferrari and Maserati. Linda plays on “Tre Kronor – Slå Oss Om Ni Kan”, the official song for the Swedish National Ice Hockey Team at Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships in Prague in 2004.