Who we are --- A little information about each member

Marja Tuhkanen
Marja Tuhkanen finished a Bachelor of Music degree in her native Finland on violin and viola in 2002.

Apart from classical music, she was always interested in folk and early music, and was a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer in the Finnish folkrock band Tarujen Saari. With them she toured the major Finnish folk festivals and released two critically acclaimed albums, "Hepsankeikka" and "Levoton Hauta". During her college years, she spent a year in Cork School of Music as an Erasmus exchange student studying with Adrian Petcu and became addicted to both the city and Irish music.

As a result 2002 found her back in Cork, completing an MA degree in violin performance in 2004, for which she received 1st class honours. Since then she has worked in Ireland as a much-in-demand session musician, in styles ranging from classical to tango, baroque to rock. Her special interest in early music brought her to The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, Holland in 2004-2005 to study Baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk.

As a member of different orchestras, chamber groups and folk/trad bands Marja has performed in most countries of Europe, Russia and the USA. In Ireland, she has played with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Cork Opera Works, Opera 2005 and the Irish Baroque Orchestra to name but a few, and has performed/toured/recorded with numerous bands and artists including Intereference, Boa Morte, Paul Tiernan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Adrian Crowley and Glen Hansard. She enjoys good food, travelling and impromptu jam sessions.