Soile Isokoski, soprano
The name of Soile Isokoski, one of the most celebrated sopranos of Finland, originally implies the northern light which she now carries to the world in a most exceptional way. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and she made her stage debut at the Finnish National Opera. From there she went on to capture audiences and critics worldwide. In honour of her notable contribution to Finnish music Ms. Isokoski was awarded with the Pro-Finlandia medal in 2002.
Working with the great conductors of our time and a regular guest of the most renowned opera houses, she has given numerous concerts and recitals as well as made recordings. She earned especial renown for such recordings as Strauss’ Four Last Songs under Marek Janowski (Grammophone Editor’s Choice Award 2002) as well as two Sibelius-CDs under the baton of Leif Segerstam: Luonnotar and Orchestral songs (MIDEM classical award; ’Vocal award’ and ’Disc of the year’ at the BBC Music Magazine 2007), and Kullervo together with Tommi Hakala (Diapason d’or 2008). In 2007 she was awarded the Sibelius-Medal and was honoured with the title of Austrian Kammersängerin in 2008. In 2011 Doctor h.c. University of Helsinki.
Since the fall of 2014 Soile Isokoski teaches singing at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences and additionally in 2015-16 she is a guest professor at the Sibelius-Academy. Numerous master classes in Finland and abroad. Served as a jury member at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Mirjam Helin-Internationa Singing Competition.
RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Ariadne auf Naxos: Glyndebourne (-13), Vienna (-14)
Don Giovanni/Donna Elvira: Tanglewood, Vienna, Los Angeles (-12)
Faust (Gounod): Helsinki (-11)
Le nozze di Figaro: Ravinia (-14)
Les dialogues des Carmélites: München (-12)
Lohengrin: Dresden (-13)
Madama Butterfly: Tampere (-13)
Othello: Deutsche Oper Berlin (-11), Vienna (-12)
Rosenkavalier: Geneva (-12), Dresden (-13), Vienna (-14), Munich (-14)
Philippe Herreweghe, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, John Elliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Bernhard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Valerij Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Leif Segerstam, Michael Tilson Thomas and many others.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
1987 Cardiff, BBC Singer of the World - 2. Prize; Elly Ameling-Competition, 1. Prize;
International Singing Competition inTokio, 1. Prize
2002 Pro Finlandia Medal - Grammophone Editor’s Choice Award, R.Strauss Lieder, RSO Berlin/Marek Janowski
2007 MIDEM classical award; Vocal award and Disc of the year BBC Music Magazine Awards – Sibelius Luonnotar and Orchestral Songs, Helsinki Philh/Leif Segerstam
2008 Austrian Kammersängerin; Diapason d’or – Sibelius, Kullervo, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam
2011 Dr h.c. University of Helsinki
Photo: Heikki Tuuli