Education and competitions

Orchestra and chamber music

Koulutus ja kilpailut

Orkesteri ja kamarimusiikki

Arvostelut / Muuta

Charlotte Loukola


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In 2003 I started to play the violin at the age of three in the United States with Cindy Doering. When I was seven years old, we moved to Finland with my family. I continued studying the violin in Jyväskylä and I shortly began studying with Anatoli Melnikov as his youngest student ever. As a result of the precise and consistent training, I started my violin studies with Merit Palas in the Sibelius Academy Junior Academy in Helsinki, Finland in 2012.

In the fall 2018 I began my studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with professor Ilya Kaler.

I have attended several violin master classes in Finland and abroad: 2021 Orford Music Academy, 2019 in Israel (Keshet Eilon String Summer Master Course, attended with scholarship), 2015 in Poland, 2014 in Belgium (where I was the representative of Sibelius Academy in the Musica Mundi chamber music master course), 2013 in Croatia and 2007 in USA. During master classes and other valuable learning opportunities I have gained valuable knowledge from Cho-Liang Lin, William van der Sloot, Benjamin Bowman, Grigory Kalinovsky, Yair Kless, Maxim Vengerov, Leonid Kerbel, Gerhard Schulz, Barnabas Kelemen, Ivry Gitlis, Eyal Kless, Hagai Shaham and Réka Szilvay.

In the summer 2017 I attended the Heifetz International Music Institute. There I had the opportunity to work with amazing faculty; Ilya Kaler, Nicholas Kitchen, Silvia Marcovici, Elmar Oliveira, David Geber, Yeesun Kim and Kristopher Tong.

I have attended several competitions where I have placed excellently:

  • 2021 International Music and Stars Awards Competition, 1st prize

  • 2021 Stockholm International Music Competition, 3rd prize

  • 2021 Proviolin International Competition, 3rd prize

  • 2018 Great Composers Competition Series, Rising Talents of Americas, 1st prize

  • 2017 Great Composers Competition Series, Artist of the Year, 2nd prize

  • 2017 Great Composers Competition, Best Vivaldi and Best Bach Performances, 1st prize

  • 2016 Enkor International Music Competition, 3rd prize

  • 2015 21st Century Art Competition in Lempäälä, Finland, 1st prize

  • 2014 Savshinsky International Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, 3rd prize

  • 2014 Stockholm International Music Competition in Stockholm, Sweden, 3rd prize

  • 2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Chicago, USA, honorable mention

ILO Quartet, where I'm the 2nd violinist, won both the 2021 Coltman Chamber Music Competition and the 2021 Stockholm International Music Competition. At the 2021 Stockholm International Music Competition we also won the Audience Award.

I play on my Paul Blanchard (1886) violin.


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