Accordion virtuoso Minna Weurlander was born and raised in Finland. Music brought her to Sweden where she is active as a concert accordionist and composer. She works with everything from symphony orchestras to contemporary, experimental dance and theater along with film productions, among others:
- MALMÖ SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
- NORRKÖPING SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
- HELSINGBORGS SYMFONYORCHESTRA
- STOCKHOLM SYMFONIC WIND ORCHESTRA
- GISLAVEDS SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
- MALMÖ OPERA ORCHESTRA
- Vertavo String Quartet/NOR
- CIURLIONIS Quartet/LTU
- Pomona String Quartet/SWE
- Amanda Quartet/SWE
Minna started playing when she was only four years old and att the age of 14 she entered the youth education at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She finished her soloist education at Sibelius Academy 1997 as one of the youngest accordion mastergraduates.
The public interest for Minna Weurlanders talents rose early. During her education she toured frequently, winning competitions in Finland and abroad. Among these Premio Internationale ASTOR PIAZZOLLA and CIA international accordion competition.
She master many different kind of music styles and fields; from classics like Bach and Scarlatti to contemporary accordion music like Sofia Gubaidulina´s. From opera to world music, Tango Nuevo and Russian accordion music. Her music and is heavily influenced by the Russian and Finnish accordion tradition and of course by the Argentine Tango. Minna frequently experiments with the accordion’s various sonorities, its percussive qualities and massive sound.
Her technical skills together with her expressive way of palying is an outstanding combination.
During 2012-2013 she was an accordionist in residence at Malmö Opera and Music Theatre. She has written music to many theatre and film producions in Sweden and in Denmark. Among these “Dreyer, The Tyrannical Dane” (Lynch Company DK) and “Frida K” (Theatre Sagohuset in Lund). During the last ten years she has been touring in Europe and Scandinavia and appeared multiple times on the Swedish National Radio and TV.
Minna has previously released two solo albums, “Usva” and “Señora del Destino”, albums “Entwined” and “INFINITY” with Duo Naranjo-Weurlander and album “TRIO FATALE” with her former trio. Duo Naranjo-Weurlander is one of Scandinavian most successfull crossover ensambles. Minna plays and composes together with Chilean concert pianist Tania Naranjo. www.duonaranjoweurlander.com
She has taken MasterClasses with legendary French accordionist Marcel Azzolla and pianist Lina Bosatti, accordonist and compocer Richard Galliano and world-famous Russian accordion virtuoso and professor Friedrich Lips .
Minna has been also working as an accordionist and composer with the Danish “one of a kind on the Danishand performance scene” dancechoreographer and dancer Anders Christiansen on four different performances in Copenhagen.
Minna is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Performing Arts Agency, Statens Musikverk, Region Skåne Kultur and Sten K Johnssons Stiftelse.