Sofia Ahjoniemi – Accordion?
Sofia Ahjoniemi (*1984) started her accordion studies at the age of six. In 1998 she started to study in Sibelius-Academy´s Youth department and in 2004 Master of Music-degree program in Sibelius Academy´s classical music of performance department with Matti Rantanen and Mika Väyrynen. In 2007-2008 she studied in Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany with professor Stefan Hussong.
Sofia Ahjoniemi successfully took part in several national and international competitions. In 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 she got the first prize from the national competition “Minä soitan harmonikkaa” in Finland and in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 she got the second prize from the same competition.
In 1994 she was the winner of the famous “Hopeinen harmonikka” competition. In 1996 she got the first prize in International Accordion Competition in Denmark. In 2001 she was the winner of the national “Young Virtuoso”-competition in Finland. In 2005 she got the 4th prize in the international ”Arrasate Hiria” competition in Spain. In 2007 she got the DAAD-prize in Würzburg, which is given for the best foreign student. She has also got prizes in several other competitions.
Sofia took part in many masterclasses with teachers such as Joseph Macerollo, Hugo Noth, Mie Miki, Iñaki Alberdi, Vjatseslav Semjonov, Friedrich Lips, Lars Holm, Marcel Azzola, Claudio Jacomucci, Max Bonnay, Joseph Macerollo and Margit Kern.
In 2010 Sofia graduated from Sibelius-Academy with the highest honors. She continued her studies in Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and in Hochschule für Musik Basel with Mike Svoboda, Jürg Henneberger and Marcus Weiss.
In addition to her solo career, Sofia Ahjoniemi plays with many different ensembles and collaborates actively with composers. She is a founding member of the contemporary music ensembles “neuverBand” and “Too hot to hoot ?”