Soila Sariola (Finland)
Multitalented musician Soila Sariola combines elements from old and new in her profession. She operates with a wide range of vocal and band ensembles. In 2005 she graduated as a Master of Music from the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, where she continued her studies in the spring of 2011, this time studying to be a Doctor of Arts by exploring improvisation and cross-arts approaches.
Soila works as a full-time alto singer in Rajaton (Boundless) vocal ensemble, which is one of the most well-known and beloved a cappella groups globally. She also performs with a folk-influenced band known as the Saaga Ensemble and has been involved with the multi-arts and theatre project The Songs of the Moment Nordic. She has training as a hospital musician (2014) and has also been chosen to be a member of the resource base for Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to her singing, she is well-known from her versatile style of composing. She writes lyrics and arranges music for Rajaton, other choirs and for various ensembles (e.g. SATB/SSAA etc.). She is also a much-appreciated teacher, giving both individual lessons and running workshops, and also constantly teaching ensemble and improvisation courses both in Finland and abroad. Soila is always searching for new paths and educates herself in different directions within various fields of performing arts.
Besides Finland she regularly works in many locations through out the world, such as: Canada, USA, Asia, Africa and all around the Europe.