Jenna Ristilä (b. 1989) is a Finnish pianist. She mostly works with
singers, but also performs chamber music and solo repertoire. Currently Ristilä is doing artistic research at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki. Her doctoral project focuses on Finnish composing women from the 19th century onwards. Ristilä is a member of the research association Suoni ry.
Ristilä has worked as a music director and pianist in several operas for both adults and children, and she always gets excited about planning lied programs - but she's just as comfortable while coaching singers, recording, playing choir- or chamber music... Ristilä is fascinated by contemporary music and she has premiered several works, including the song cycle Guldgrävarens tårar by Johannes Pollak (with mezzosoprano Ylva Gruen), and the chamber opera Jääkausi by Itzam Zapata (with the Start-up Opera group she founded). In addition to her artistic work, Ristilä teaches in Keski-Vantaa Music School.
In 2014 Ristilä graduated as a master of music from the Department of Performing Arts at the Sibelius Academy, and in 2018 she completed her second masters degree at the same university, this time with vocal coaching as her major. 2010-2011 Ristilä was an exchange student at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Her most significant teachers include Teppo Koivisto, Ilmo Ranta and Anja Ojanen-Forsberg, and she has studied classical singing and harpsichord as well as piano.
Ristilä would like to thank the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation, the Finnish-Swedish Cultural Foundation, and Arts Promotion Center Finland for their support.
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