Leading Finnish cellist Senja Rummukainen was awarded the 6th prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Few years before she won the 1st prize at the National Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and was a finalist of the International Guilhermina Suggia Prize Competition in Portugal.
Rummukainen has collaborated with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Krakow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic while performing regularly with all major Finnish orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Oulu Sinfonia, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Kuopio Symphony, Joensuu and Vaasa City Orchestras under the baton of Sakari Oramo, Klaus Mäkelä, Olli Mustonen, Dima Slobodeniouk, Nicholas Collon, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Michał Nesterowicz.
In season 2022/2023 Senja debuts as a soloist with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rune Bergmann, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Jonathon Heyward and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Lodz, the Pilsen Philharmonic and Thüringen Philharmonic.
Season 23/24 will see her debut with the Gothenburg Symphonie, the Iceland Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Málaga, while bringing her back to the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Tapiola Sinfonietta together with Jukka-Pekka Saraste playing Anna Clyne’s Dance.
Besides her activities as soloist, Senja is one of the most sought-after chamber musicians in Finland, appearing regularly at the most important festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. She has also worked as one of the artistic directors in the Kamarikesä Festival in Helsinki together with Johannes Piirto, Kasmir Uusitupa, Tami Pohjola and Riina Piirilä from 2017 to 2021. In 2022 she was participating at the Vevey Spring Classic Festival playing together with Janine Jansen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Daniel Müller-Schott and Francesco Piemontesi.
Chamber music highlights include a concert with Janine Jansen and friends in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, an appearance at the Bebersee Festival alongside Augustin Hadelich and Ilya Gringolts, the Eggenfelden Klassisch Festival and Storioni Festival in the Netherlands.
Senja Rummukainen has studied with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Young-Chang Cho at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy and Taru Aarnio and Allar Kaasik at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Senja took part in masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher. Between 2017-2021 she worked as a II principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her instrument is a cello by Giovanni Grancino (1698), generously loaned to her by the OP Art Foundation.