”I was born to perform music and entertain the audience. The greatest pleasure I get in life is from giving my audience an amazing experience, make them laugh and enjoy themselves, touch them, and bring out feelings and emotions. It’s all about having fun with every single person you are performing for!”
Lotta Virkkunen has established herself in both Finland and Ireland as one the most diverse violin players of her generation. Lotta has graduated as MA in Music Performance from the prestigious music schools Sibelius Academy in Finland and Cork School of Music in Cork, Ireland. She has also studied Irish traditional music at the Irish World Academy, Limerick.
Lotta is known for her effortless ability to improvise and play classical, traditional, pop, jazz and rock music fluently. She is a virtuosic and versatile player, who does not just play notes, but always brings genuine feeling to the music.
Lotta has performed well over 1000 events in her career so far in shows, corporate events, weddings, festivals and private functions. She has performed for example for the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and sir Rod Steward. She has worked with many other well known musicians such as Daniel O'Donnell and Shane Filan from Westlife. Lotta is also a sought after performer on TV and radio and was seen on stage in The Voice Of Ireland 2016 Finale with contestant Nigel O'Connell.
Lotta has performed in USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Austria.
Recently Lotta has worked as a lead fiddler and musical director in the world renowned show The Women Of Ireland touring in USA and Europe. She's been the leading lady in many other stage shows such as Dance Masters and Celtic Angels touring internationally. In 2014 she starred as a lead fiddle player in Gaelforce Dance touring in Europe. She has performed with numerous orchestras in Finland, Scandinavia and Ireland, i.e. The Finnish Baroque Orchestra and The Irish Baroque Orchestra.
As a professional violinist and having studied composing and arrangement with some of the leading composers in Finland, Lotta provides professional and high quality string arrangements for bands and other ensembles. She has worked with producers such as Gavin Glass (Lisa Hannigan) and Colm O Foghlú (Mairead Nesbitt) and has written music for over dozen Irish and Scandinavian published artists.