About

The EVCH performs regularly in concerts and festivals around Finland. In recent years they have performed in Les Lumières festival, Urkukesä and in the Aurore Renaissance Music Festival. They have partaken in competitions such as Tampereen Sävel and Uusi ääni, and have given church concerts around the country in places including Kupio, Sipoo, Lohja, Sääksmäki and Vantaa as well as most of the major churches in Helsinki. The group has had workshops with experts in English and early music performance, such as Patrick Russill (Royal Academy of Music) and Päivi Järvio (Sibelius Academy).

The members of the EVCH are all experienced professional singers who regularly perform with some of the foremost choirs in Finland and abroad.

Members

Mirjam Solomon
Iida Antola
David Hackston
Edward Ananian-Cooper
Martti Anttila
Valter Maasalo






Mirjam Solomon, soprano

Soprano Mirjam Solomon is without a doubt one of the most multitalented young singers of her generation. She has a reputation as a skilled interpreter of both classical and pop music. In 2008 Solomon graduated from the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, where she was the recipient of the Nokia Young Talent grant for musical excellence. Her own group MirJam (featuring Marzi Nyman - guitar/piano, Manuel Dunkel - sax, Eerik Siikasaari - bass, Rami Eskelinen - drums) held their debut concert, showcasing the music of Jukka Linkola, at the April Jazz Festival in Espoo in spring 2008. Solomon's exceptionally high soprano voice is in great demand among a cappella ensembles throughout Finland including the Helsinki Chamber Choir, the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki, the EMO Ensemble and the Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble. In addition to her vast experience as a choral singer Solomon is noted for the sensitivity of her approach, and she is open to music of all genres. Her CV includes the role of the Cat in the children's opera Pappa Bach at the Finnish National Opera (2008-2010) and her critically acclaimed performance as the Florist in Christmas at the Mall (Yleisradio 2008). She has also appeared as soprano soloist in a number of major works including Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, Luciano Berio's Sinfonia and Karlheinz Stockhausen's Stimmung.


Iida Antola, soprano

Versatile choral conductor & soprano Iida Antola (b. 1990) studied Church music and Choral conducting at the Sibelius Academy and Lyon Conservatory (CNSM de Lyon), completing her final Masters diplomas in Choral conducting and Piano performance in 2014. As a singer, Antola has studied with Aulikki Eerola and Marjut Hannula and is currently pursuing her Masters studies at the Universität der Künste (UDK) Berlin in the class of Elisabeth Werres.

Antola has performed with Wegelius chamber strings and FiBO STORIA as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Nelson mass. She has prepared choirs for several SibaOpera productions and is the former artistic director of Hämäläis-Osakunnan Laulajat. In summer 2015 she was not only a finalist in the Timo Mustakallio Singing competition at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, but also received the "Young choral conductor of the year" prize in the chorus review at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival.







David Hackston, countertenor

British countertenor David Hackston began his musical studies in Bradford-on-Avon, England. Today he lives and works in Helsinki, Finland, where he studies early music, Baroque singing and performance practice at Helsinki Metropolia University as a student of soprano Tuuli Lindeberg and countertenor Teppo Lampela. During 2014-15 he is undertaking a year of study at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal, under the guidance of Prof. Magna Ferreira. David is a core member of the Helsinki Chamber Choir, and in 2010 he founded The English Vocal Consort of Helsinki, an ensemble that champions the rich vocal tradition of the English Renaissance and Romantic eras.

He regularly appears as an oratorio soloist, notable recent performances including collaborations with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Handel: Messiah), the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (Bach: St John Passion) and Ensemble Nylandia (Falvetti: Il Diluvio Universale). Together with lutenist Mikko Ikäheimo, he has presented recital programmes exploring the music of John Dowland and his contemporaries, the French air de cour repertoire, and the vihuela songs of the Spanish early Renaissance.

David is an avid performer of contemporary music, and with the Helsinki Chamber Choir he has performed numerous 20th century choral classics including works by Iannis Xenakis, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Vassos Nicolaou, et al. In recent years David has sung the countertenor role in Kaija Saariaho's Écho! for ensemble and electronics, and in 2013 he created the role of Satan in the première performance of Timothy Page's Between Hell and Earth, a role requiring an extended vocal range of three octaves. In 2014 he is scheduled to give several performances of Peter Maxwell Davies's iconic Eight Songs for a Mad King.




Edward Ananian-Cooper, tenor

Edward Ananian-Cooper (b. 1982) is an Australian choral and orchestral conductor, who is studying orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, under Atso Almila and formerly Leif Segerstam. In the autumn of 2013, he graduated with honours as a choral conductor from Matti Hyökki's class. Ananian-Cooper has recently completed his studies at Christopher Seaman's courses as part of the Australian Young Conductors Development Programme, as well as a masterclass with Johannes Schlaefli (Switzerland).

In recent years, Ananian-Cooper has conducted Mozart's Magic Flute in a production organised by the students of the University of the Arts, Peter Maxwell-Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King at Metropolia school of applied sciences, and he recently premiered Kalevi Aho's new opera Frida y Diego at the Sibelius Academy opera school.

In Helsinki, Ananian-Cooper also works with several choirs. He is the artistic director of the Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu) and Jubilate choir. He also leads the Hiljaa Ensemble, and is the music director of the Anglican Church in Finland. In early 2012, he worked as chorus master in the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts. As a singer, he works mainly in the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna.








Martti Anttila, tenor

Martti Anttila graduated from the Sibelius Academy's church-music department in the spring of 2011. He has also completed his B Exam in classical voice under the guidance of Timo Honkanen and has studied choral conducting with Timo Nuoranne and Seppo Murto. Anttila has performed solo roles in numerous sacred choral works and, recently, as tenor soloist in works including Claude Vivier's Journal and Ottorino Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signor. As an ensemble singer he regularly performs with the Helsinki Chamber Choir, with whom he has given première performances of works by Rautavaara, Lindberg, Saariaho and Bergman. In 2008 he took to the stage in the children's opera Pappa Bach at the Finnish National Opera. Anttila has also served as artistic director of the Järvenpää Chamber Choir (2004-2008) and has composed music for numerous short films.




Valter Maasalo, baritone

Valter Maasalo has an extraordinarily broad musical personality. He is one of the leading interpreters of Gregorian music in Finland, and since 2006 he has conducted the Schola of the Olaus Petri church in Helsinki. Over the years he has penned countless hymn arrangements, editions and small compositions. He has also performed extensively with such group as the Utopia Chamber Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir and The Harp Consort.