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.
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.
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”.