“If you can give only one thing in music, give enthusiasm. It gives you wings!”
Pinja Suojoki is a professional musician with 17 years of versatile teaching experience. She has taught at Kymen Conservatory, Musaamo, Muskatti, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Kotkan seudun musiikkiopisto, Rokkimuskari, as well as running her own studio in Copenhagen. She studied Pop & Jazz Music Pedagogy at Metropolia in Helsinki. In addition, she works as an educator for teachers, especially in the area of improvisation.
You can also find Pinja’s arrangements and solo projects on Youtube. Here is an example:
Pinja teaches violin and piano at ISM Finland in Finnish and English. Contact us to set up a trial lesson!
Where are you from and what instruments do you play?
I’m from Finland and I play violin & piano.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?
I’d be an artist.
Where did you study?
I studied pop & jazz pedagogy and improvisation in the Metropolia, University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.
What was the thing that got you interested in music?
My father is a musician, and my siblings were playing different instruments when I was younger. I thought that it’s a normal everyday thing to do.
Who is your favourite musician/composer?
I like everyone and everything! Challenging music is refreshing, enticing and makes you think how colorful ways your emotions can be performed.
What has been your most special musical experience to date?
When I was a summer musician in the city of Nokia, I was playing on the beach for children who were swimming and singing at the same time. Pure joy, nothing else.
Do you have any secret/not-so-secret (unmusical) talents?
I listen to 80´s music and dance like in the movie Fame. Not that good but I feel like it.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I leave my coffee cups everywhere. Usually half full.
Tea or coffee?
Cats or dogs?
Salad or Pizza?
What is your favourite country to visit?
What is your favourite season?
What is your favourite food?
It’s better to ask what I don’t like to eat. I love food.
Do you have hobbies?
I love cooking and I love jogging.