Reeta Aho

 

Reeta Aho was born 1990 in Pyhäselkä, Finland, into a family of musicians. She started learning the violin at the age of three at the Joensuu Conservatory, later transferring to the Helsinki Conservatory. She studied in Switzerland at the Zurich University of the Arts under Professors Rudolf Koelman and Andreas Janke, and in Leipzig, Germany, under Mr. Andreas Seidel, the concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition, she has taken part in numerous festivals and masterclasses in Finland, Austria, Israel, Germany, Slovenia, and Sweden. She also took baroque violin and viola lessons. 

Reeta Aho has worked as a tutti player in several orchestras in Finland and Germany, and she is a passionate chamber musician. Recitals and solo appearances with orchestras brought her besides Finland across a. o. Germany, Italy, Switzerland and China. She has experience from the concertmaster and leader tasks, most recently in the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. Aho is interested in all music genres. In addition to classical concerts she also enjoys performing with rock artists such as Pepe Willberg. She has a great interest in contemporary music and has collaborated with many composers.

In 2014-15 Reeta Aho was appointed as a violin teacher at the Zhaoqing University in China. She has also given lessons at music schools in Zurich and Helsinki, at the J. S. Bach Music School in Leipzig, and a masterclass in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Aho is a prize-winner in competitions such as Rahn Kulturfonds Zurich, Kiwanis chamber music competition and Oberstdorfer Musiksommer -festival. She received scholarships and master instruments on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the MES foundation and from the friendship foundations of the Zurich University of the Arts. The Zhaoqing University named her as an "Excellent Teacher".

Reeta Aho plays a violin made by Jürgen Manthey in 2019, given to her as a generous loan, and a cremonese bow.

"Reeta Aho is a highly gifted violinist with a great technique and a natural musicianship. I consider her talent on the violin truly outstanding and I think that she has a promising future as a violinist."
  –  Andreas Janke, the 1st concertmaster of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich