Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch (violin/viola d’amore, Finland)
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is a versatile violinist, violist, and artistic director of various renowned early music ensembles. She has collaborated with significant early music ensembles such as the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Frans Brüggen), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), Concerto Copenhagen (Lars-Ulrik Mortensen), and Orchestre des Champs-Elysëes (Philippe Herreweghe). Kaakinen-Pilch was concertmaster of the Collegium Vocale (Philippe Herreweghe) for more than a decade. Kaakinen-Pilch is also a beloved teacher and gives regular masterclasses for young violinists and chamber musicians in Norway, Germany, Denmark, Finland, and Poland.
Kaakinen-Pilch will give a unique performance at St. John’s Church in Haapsalu on July 28 – it will be a solo performance but on two different instruments: baroque violin and viola d’amore. Kaakinen-Pilch will play her own transcriptions of J. S. Bach: the Partita for solo flute BWV 1013 and the Suite for solo lute/cello BWV 995/BWV 1011. Additionally, Kaakinen-Pilch will perform the virtuosic solo suite for violin by J. P. Westhoff.