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Laura Kukkonen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 2001 and started to play the violin at the age of seven. She began her studies at East-Helsinki Music Institute, where she also started her orchestral and chamber music studies. In 2012 she got a chance to play Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Her first competition experience was in 2012 in the International Anton Rubinstein Competition, where she won the first prize and got to play on a Carlo Bergonzi violin for one year. Later, in 2016 she attended the same competition and won the second prize. In 2016, she was accepted for study with professor Réka Szilvay at the Sibelius Academy Youth Department, where she continues her studies.

See Laura's submission video.

About Play With Ray
More than 800 violinists from 73 countries on six continents entered our #PlayWithRay contest in the hopes of joining Ray Chen on stage with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl this summer.