About Minna

Minna Weurlander-accordion


Minna Weurlander is today considered as one of the Europe’s leading and most multifaceted concert accordionists. The charismatic accordion virtuoso 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. She has also extensive proficiency of leading ensembles and music productions.

some of collaborations:

  • MALMÖ SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
  • MALMÖ OPERA
  • NORRKÖPING SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
  • HELSINGBORGS SYMFONYORCHESTRA
  • STOCKHOLM SYMFONIC WIND ORCHESTRA
  • GISLAVEDS SYMFONY ORCHESTRA
  • NORDIC OPERA
  • LEE Film
  • Swedish Radio
  • Vertavo String Quartet/NOR
  • CIURLIONIS STRING QUARTET /LTU
  • Pomona String Quartet/SWE
  • Amanda Sring Quartet/SWE
  • Stillleben Dance Company
  • Lynch Company /CPH Pix
  • Teater Sagohuset

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

Minna 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.

She´s 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 dance 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.

 

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