The Loviisa Sibelius Festival

JAN SÖDERBLOM, violin

Jan Söderblom was born into a family of musicians in Helsinki in 1970. Now a conductor and violinist, he began taking violin lessons at the age of four and was giving concerts at an early stage in his violin studies.

Aside from solo appearances at a young age, successful touring with New Helsinki Quartet and his growing interest towards orchestral musicianship built the foundation for Söderblom’s versatile and innovative career. Conductor studies at Sibelius Academy (1997-2001) led to intensive projects with both Finnish and international top orchestras. Söderblom has since conducted orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Filharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Avanti!, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta RTVE, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, MDR Sinfonieorkester (Leipzig), Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra KORK, Norrköping and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitane.

Before his career as conductor took off, Söderblom performed as a violinist, mainly with New Helsinki Quartet (1982-2001). After the quartet won competitions at Viitasaari, Concertino Praga and second prize in the London String Quartet Competition, they toured widely and performed in e.g. Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Herkules Saal in Munich, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Konzerthaus in Berlin. As a soloist he has shared the stage with several Finnish orchestras as well as e.g. Swedish Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

Since 2015 Söderblom is the first concertmaster of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and since 2017 Artistic Director of Kauniainen Music Festival.