Livestream with Michael Mc.Glynn, Isaac S. Cates and Linda Lampenius

The livestream last night gave us all much to ponder. The situation in the USA 😢 Gospel. Feelings and colours in music. Soloists vs ensemble musicians. What’s an artists mission actually? We should always serve the composer, the audience and the music. It was amazing listening to Isaac 🙌 Thank you Michael and Isaac!!! ❤️❤️ •

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Documentary and autobiography

I filmed my life almost daily with a digital video camera between 1997 and 2006. I’ve carried those tapes (hundreds) with me from country to country. My parents had also filmed me when I was a child. Now these tapes will be useful in the making of a documentary about my life.

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We were supposed to perform at “Silja Rock” May 15-17… well 🦠 BUT… we will do those shows Nov 6-8 instead 😃🎶🎉🥰🤘 #siljarock #classicgoesrock @patrikjablonski #ellinorasp @hellinormusic @peroweewo #lindalampenius #grandpiano #singer #guitarrist #violinist #classicalmusic #rock #siljaline #tallinksilja

Trio Mikkola Lampenius Kivilaakso

Trio Mikkola Lampenius Kivilaakso

I’m thrilled to tell you about our upcoming concerts:

•Jan 24 Stockholm

•June 13 Iitti

•June 14 Ilmajoki

•June 15 Iitti

•July 23 Karjalohja

•Sep 19 Helsinki

We perform:

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio

Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op 1 Nr 1

#lauramikkola @perttukivilaakso #lindalampenius @iittifestival @ilmajoenmusiikkijuhlat #helsinki #kallionkirkko #ainoackté #suviolavinen #pianotrio #trio #classicalmusic #beethoven #tchaikovsky #artist #art #chambermusic #music

Julkonsert i Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka

Snart är det Jul 🎄❤️ Längtar… Här ”Panis Angelicus” med världens bästa baryton @gabrielsuovanen, harpist #delphineconstantinreznik och kvartett ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Inspelat under min julkonsert ”Årets bästa Julkonsert” i Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka

#hedvigeleonorakyrka #jul #julkonsert #julmusik #christmas #concert #panisangelicus, #singer #harp #violin #baryton #opera #violinist #stringquartet @kungligafilharmonikerna #lindalampenius

Kalle Moraeus, Linda Lampenius, Alexander Rybak och Gladys del Pilar

Musik ska’ byggas utav glädje 🎶😃💕 Härligt minne från Allsång på Skansen

@kalle_moraeus ❤️ @rybakofficial ❤️ @gladysdelpilar @manszelmerlow ❤️ @allsang ❤️

#allsångpåskansen #alexanderrybak #gladysdelpilar @alexanderrybaknews #underbart #glädje #musik #joy #kallemoraeus #lindalampenius #music #violinist #violin #singer #artist #svt1 #svt #tv #sweden #norway #norge #finland

Hugh Hefner and Gene Simmons talking about Linda Lampenius Brava

😍 Hef talking about me at the Playboy Mansion (the launch of my Playboy issue) and Gene Simmons telling the reporter that KISS wanted me to open for their concert in Finland, but I was already booked for another performance.

Those were great times in LA and especially at the Mansion!!! Thanx Hef! ❤️🙏❤️

THANK YOU Alison Reynolds for introducing me to Hef!!!! ❤️🙏❤️ Without you nothing of this would have happened.

Jukeboxen i P4

Jukeboxen i P4

Ikväll är jag värd för radioprogrammet JUKEBOXEN kl 20:00 i P4!

📀🎵💃😂🎻💕 Min gäst är underbara Sonja Aldén! 🌸💕💋 Önskar er alla en underbar helg! 😃🌸 @jukeboxenip4 @sverigesradiop4 #radio #music #host #violinist #lindalampenius @sonjaalden #singer #composer #producent @stefsund @daniel_hogberg #ljud #tekniker

Beethoven Triple Concerto Op 56

Here’s a short cut of our performance, a few years ago. With cellist Gemma Rosefield, pianist Patrik Jablonski and conductor Peter Jablonski.

Now this wonderful concerto will be back in my life again… 🎶💕 But… with WHOM will I play this time??… Well, that’s still a secret 😘😘😘

60 SECOND INTERVIEW in Metro Herald

Just found this text when I looked through old emails. I don’t think I ever saw this paper…


Linda Lampenius

The multi-talented Finnish violinist first came to prominence in Ireland and the UK after being spotted by Andrew Lloyd Webber on an episode of Eurotrash. Dubbed the ‘Bach babe’, Linda has enjoyed a successful career in music and has also modelled for Bjorn Borg and Playboy. More recently she has hooked up with Irish choral group Anúna. Daragh Reddin

The award-winning Celtic Origins music special you performed with Anúna took the US by storm. As a classical musician working with a traditional Irish group was there any conflict of interests?

I’d never played Irish music before the Celtic Origins tour. I was very flattered when Michael [McGlynn, Anúna founder] asked me to perform with the group. He never tried to interfere with my interpretation of the music we recorded and performed. I think that the reason he chose me and not an Irish violinist was that he thought I added a classical touch to the music we played. My way of playing also suited the choir very well, since I always try to ‘sing’ on my violin instead of ‘playing’.

You were first spotted by Andrew Lloyd Webber on an episode of the rather racy Eurotrash. What was it like working on the show?

When I was asked to appear on Eurotrash I had never actually seen it so I was a little surprised when I saw the finished product. But I’m extremely happy that it caught Andrew Lloyd Webber’s eye – and especially his ear.

What was it like meeting him for the first time?

Fantastic. I felt honoured and privileged to be playing the solo in Metal Philharmonic. He was very pleasant and easy to work with.

You caused something of a furore in the mid-1990s with your wardrobe. Were your surprised by the media frenzy?

There was a great misconception that I performed classical music in bathing suits, when the truth was I only ever dressed that way when walking down a catwalk modelling for Bjorn Borg. I’ve always played music wearing long evening gowns.

Did it annoy you that journalists sometimes seemed more fixated with what you were wearing than with your musical talent?

Not really. What annoyed me was the journalists who didn’t bother to check their facts regarding the way I was dressed and mixed up my fashion shows with my concerts.

You’re dubbed the Bach Babe in the British media. Are you proud of making classical music sexy?

I’m happy if I’ve helped bring classical music to a wider audience but my intention has never been to draw focus away from the music.

You took up the violin at the tender age of five. Being a child prodigy was it difficult coping with media attention in your native Finland?

Because I played only classical music from the age of five to 26 I didn’t have to cope with any negative press during that period. But everything changed when I started doing things considered inappropriate for a serious classical musician – like modelling, acting and playing pop/rock. I find it very odd that classical musicians are supposed to stay in their genre and aren’t ‘allowed’ to have fun with other types of music. We should apply the same rules as we do to acting. If an actor excels at both Shakespeare and musicals, we think he or she is very gifted and versatile.

You appeared in an episode of Baywatch. What was it like working with ‘The Hoff’?

David Hasselhof was a great and kind person. He was always very dedicated to his work and to his children. But from what I’ve read in the media he doesn’t seem to be as happy anymore…

Do you get annoyed by the Vanessa Mae comparisons?

Not at all.

Who is your favourite composer?

I’m a big fan of the romantic composers, especially Brahms, though I can’t say I have a particular favourite. My biggest love is opera.

Tell me about your forthcoming album

It’s an album of Christmas carols, I’m so excited about recording the material that’s been specially arranged for solo violin, string quartet, harp and choir. The actual recording will take place in a wonderful church in the south of Sweden in August.

Linda Lampenius performs with Anúna and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in An Irish Journey Through Time, Jul 30, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace D2, 7.30pm, e9 to e35. Tel: (01) 417 0000.

Vote for Saara Aalto in the Eurovision Song Contest

Yesterday we filmed a preview show re the ESC. I was a panel member in the program. Saara happened to be in the studio building at the same time.

Here’s what I wrote about Saara in a previous blog text, April 11, 2011:

Hi! This girl should represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest!

Hej på er! Läste precis artikeln ”Harakiri är en lämplig utväg” i Aftonbladet, där finska bidraget sågades. Tyvärr, som finländare, måste jag hålla med. Jag uppträdde som mellanakt på finska Mello finalen. Jag trodde inte mina öron när vinnaren utropades. Hur i all världen tänkte finländarna??? Aalto blev tvåa. Hon var en överlägsen vinnare i min värld. Saara hade gjort en låt som var internationell. Hennes framträdande övertygade också. Hur kunde finnarna göra bort sig och inte rösta på denna tjej? Här kommer bidraget! Vad tycker ni?

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Kram, Linda

And I’ve written one more thing:

Saara Aalto is an incredible Finnish singer. Year 2011 she came 2nd in the Finnish Eurovision song contest. I then wrote about it in my blog. I said it was a big mistake by the Finns, not to send her to the international Eurovision Song Contest. But many Finns thought ”Who do you think you are Saara, singing in English?!” Well, I thought that was a great thing and the only way to make it outside Finland.

Saara then asked me if I wanted to play on some tracks on her Christmas album. Of course I wanted that. I recorded my parts here in Stockholm.

2016 decided to compete in the Brittish X Factor. She came 2nd!!! Suddenly after that Finns started saying ”Our Saara” ”She’s so good”

2018 she will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 👍👍

Here is one track from that Christmas album I played on:

Pertti Pasanen var ”mannen bakom Linda Lampenius karriär i underhållningsbranschen”

Går igenom allt i detalj om mitt liv, för boken jag skriver just nu. Över 1000 artiklar om mitt liv / min karriär, en massa fax, alla kontrakt jag skrivit på, brev, stipendier och givetvis mina dagböcker. Har levt två liv… ett ofattbart och framgångsrikt liv i sus och dus och ett annat i mörkret med min ”ätstörningsdemon”. Wille Wilenius kommentarer i inlägget är ur hans intervjuer med @hufvudstadsbladet och @seura_lehti i april och augusti 1997. Wille var nämligen INTE den som tog fram mig inom underhållningsbranschen. Det var Pertti Pasanen och Tom Merilahti gjorde mig till Björn Borgs modell i Finland och Sverige. Tom var dessutom min manager aug 1996 – jan 1997. Tusen tack till bortgångne och käre Pertti och intelligenta Tom för allt ni gjorde för mig!!! 🙏🙏 Tyvärr har ”någon annan” tagit äran för det ni gjorde… Förresten, min ”popmusikimage” skapades av Marica Rosengård och Maria Eklöf när de gjorde om mig till en ”Pamela Anderson look – a – like” för Me Naiset. Puss på er! 💕 @rosengard ❤️ Tack även till AudioVox, som gav mig kontraktet i september 1996 och gav ut min popskiva i april 1997 och Tia Korhonen på Auraviihde som bokade alla mina företagsjobb i Finland!! 🙏 🙏 💕Andrew Lloyd Webber kontaktade mig och mitt amerikanska managementbolag, när jag hade flyttat till USA. Fortsättning följer… 🎻😃 @apulehti #lindalampenius @lindalampenius #violinist #career #media #perttipasanen #spede @tommerilahti #magazine #paper @menaiset