Emma Salokoski started out in the world of musical theatre, with roles in the musicals Rent and Les Misérables, but soon moved on to produce solo material. Salokoski typically writes and composes her songs herself, and her music has also been featured in several theatre and dance productions.

Over the course of her career, Salokoski has released three albums with her band Emma Salokoski Ensemble, and two albums with her band “Quintessence”. In 2009, she collaborated with Ilmiliekki Quartet on a critically acclaimed album “Vi sålde våra hemman”, featuring Swedish folk songs with a contemporary Nordic jazz twist. This collaboration continued in autumn 2018 when the band released an album of compositions to Swedish poems.

In 2010, Salokoski released the album “Omani uni” together with Maria Ylipää. The material consisted of Finnish poems, interpreted by young Finnish composers for a string quartet and jazz trio. Salokoski has also recorded a bilingual children’s album “Rytmihyrrä/Rytmyra” (composed by Kirmo Lintinen, lyrics by Mayvor Lintinen) with UMO, and performed a stage version of the work, dramatized by Christian Lindblad. In 2015 Salokoski released an album with more pop elements, “Kiellettyjä asioita”, through Warner Music Finland. Salokoski has also directed the dramatic work “Body Positive!” for Music Theatre Kapsäkki in spring 2019. She has also been featured on numerous albums as a visiting artist and has worked with some of the leading musicians in Finland.

Salokoski is also a choir leader, leading her own choir “Emma Salokoski Voices”, and she also sings in the improvisation group Aito Collective. She has graduated as a voice teacher from the Complete Vocal Institute of Copenhagen and also works as a choir coach and vocal coach. Salokoski has also studied rhythmic vocal leadership in Denmark in the Vocal Leadership Diploma Programme at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg.

In Naantali, the annual cycle does not follow familiar paths. Uneven rhythms and fiery pace take over Sebastian Fagerlund’s Octet and Astor Piazzolla’s Winter, while Vernon Duke takes a Broadway bathed in light to a Paris in spring. Experimental music master George Crumb’s haunting Music for a Summer Evening resonates with every listener.

The Naantali Music Festival culminates in a fitting finale at Naantalin Kaivohuone. The evening features Emma Salokoski’s most beloved songs performed by top Finnish musicians. Poetry and longing, frenzy and rebellion – this is what the basic pillars of being human can sound like.

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