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Finnish concert violinist Frida Backman performs many violinistic roles and styles. Frida first  appeared as a concerto soloist at age ten and she has performed the major violin concertos by Brahms, Sibelius and Samuel Barber with orchestras in Britain including Dorset Chamber Orchestra, Solent Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Academy Orchestra. She is a member of the Finnish soloists' society. Frida studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music and in Finland at the conservatoire in Lahti. Robert Jacoby, Brien Stait and Diana Cummings have been her most influential teachers.

 

Collaborations with contemporary composers have resulted in premieres and recordings of new works. Frida has recently premiered the rediscovered Violin Sonata by Yrjö Kilpinen in Helsinki and New York City with pianist Collin Hansen. Finnish composer Harri Wessman composed the Anna Variations, a suite for violin and piano for Frida in 2016, which she premiered and performed in Finland and the UK with pianists Gustav Nyström, Warren Mailley-Smith, Martin Segerstråle and Lynda Smith, at festivals including Warminster Music Festival in 2017. Wessman's Vintergatan (the Milky Way) by Finnish national poet Topelius for violin and piano was written for Frida and American soprano Kathleen Roland-Silverstein and has been performed in Finland and the USA.

 

Other premiers include Walter Wolff: Integration Suite for Solo Violin 2018, Roger Wanamo; Night of the Humble Flea, for solo violin 2005 and Georgian composer and multigenre guitarrist Zura Dzagnidze: Intruder - for solo violin and backing track.

 

Residing in Hampshire UK until 2017, she ran her own concert series cycle of J.S. Bach solo violin works, classical concerts for infants and premiered new works. Frida  also has performed as an orchestral leader and has lead the Bristol Ensemble, the Emerald Ensemble, Trinity Opera productions, St Pauls Sinfonia and Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra. Frida was violinist with the Backman Trio in 2009-2015, performing at UK and Finnish festivals and venues including Helsinki Music Centre, Blackheath Halls, St James Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls, Emäsalo Music Festival. The Trio recorded the Bergman piano trio for Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and released their recording Fantasia (FUGA-9371) of Finnish and British romantic repertoire .

 

Frida moved  from the UK back to Finland  in 2017 and has  has further developed her concept of Music Meditations to J.S.Bach's solo violin music, performing  solo violin recitals introducing 20th century repertoire to "uninitiated audiences". She has  performed with her solo violin in primary schools, introducing classical music to some 500 children. Outreach work of many kinds are close to her heart. Currently Frida  works as a violin pedagogue at the Raseborg Culture Insitute and leads their outreach programme "Musikstegen".

 

Frida  has made a recording with solo violin repertoire spanning five centuries, to be released during 2019 on Finnish label Fuga. Some of the tracks Frida performs using a baroque instrument and bow, and one is performed alongside a backing track created solely of violin sound effects. The album will contain the commissioned suite "Integration" by Walter Wolff where the composer and performer have collaborated in an attempt to create a work illustrating the inner and outer journeys involved when moving to another country.

 

 

Frida gratefully acknowledges the financial support received from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, MES - The Finnish Music Foundation, Sophie von Julin Foundation, Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation, Svenska folkskolans vänner SFV as well as SLS - The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland.