Professor of Violin
Marika Fältskog was born and raised in Helsinki in a great musician family. "Everyone is playing – parents and siblings, grandpa, grandfather, aunt and uncle ..." she says. When she and twins sister Jannica were 18, they traveled to Edsberg Music School in Sweden, where their brother Jan-Erik Gustafsson already studied cello for Frans Helmersson. The sisters studied violin for Endré Wolf and his wife Jennifer. Marika has also participated in several master classes, including Victor Liebermann, György Pauk and Mihaela Martin.
Marika took her chamber music diploma in 1996 and her solo diploma in 1998. She received a solo diploma since she presented Beethoven Violin Concert with the Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm. Already in 1996, Marika got a permanent position in the first violin section at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and became the alternating first concert master from 2000.
Her siblings are in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jannica as alternating first concert master and Jan-Erik as soloist. She and her sister were members of the Selin Quartet home in Finland for ten years, and agreed to win the famous Concertino Prague competition in the late 1980s. She has also played with Vertavo Quartet in Norway and has been active in other chamber music contexts.
Marika Fältskog was employed as first concert master in the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in spring 2008. She has previously been a soloist in several violin concerts, including by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart with the Stockholm Sinfonietta and the Royal Philharmonic.
She has been working as a violinist and chamber music Professor at the Malmö Academy of Music since 2007. She loves to teach: "It feels like a responsibility to teach what I can and develop talented violinists. It's important."
Through a donation by Sten K Johnson, the Malmö Academy of Music has established a violin professorship held by Maria Fältskog. The donation is also used for master classes with international guest teachers on string instruments.