Riikka Alakärppä


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

My name is Riikka. I’m super curious about human being and why people do what they do. Why I do what I do? What makes my destiny, what makes their destiny? I like to go to the nature by foot, by bike and by sailing. I practice meditation and thai boxing. I love dancing, but I dance far too little.

How did you first get into music?

When I was a kid, I found my big sister’s violin under her bed. I was really curious about it, and after some years my parents took me to violin lessons. I also remember listening my sisters playing piano and me enjoying listening it very much. Music told me deep, colorful stories that was not possible by words.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I don’t think I ever decided. It just has been. It just is.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

For me highlight moments are those alone or with other musicians when losing unnecessary control and suddenly finding myself/ourselves being also or especially a listener, even I’m also playing. Sometimes I also feel when the music is really in the right place. For example in funeral. It can bring a big comfort.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

I have lots of favourite people in my life and they also change. At this moment I’m super touched about Schubert’s music. Music from Latin America brings me a lot of movement and smile. Last time I was really impressed by Patricia Kopachinskaya’s playing. She is a wonderful artist!

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I anticipate lots of playing together and great experiences on different kinds of stages. I anticipate a lot of learning whatever happens and hope among others I could bring something to the space we share together and with audience.