Susanne Kujala (b. 1976 in Berlin) began her professional music studies in ”Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Her main subjects were concert accordion and correpetition. After moving to Finland in 1998 she studied concert accordion and organ performance at the Sibelius-Academy in the department of performing arts. She gained her Master of Music exam in 2006 after absolving her final recitals with highest honors in both instruments. Her debut concert took place in 2007 in the Finlandia-Hall and her debut CD ”Organ Triptychon” including works by Reger, Liszt and V. Kujala was released in 2008. In spring 2009 she studied organ performance in Paris with Marie-Louise Langlais and Eric Lebrun as a stipendiat of Cité Internationale des Arts.

 

Susanne Kujala gained her artistic Doctor of Music -degree in the Sibelius-Academy focusing on the theme “Organ – an instrument for contemporary music”. Kujala worked as an assistant of the church music department 2008-2011. She teaches organ performance at the Sibelius Academy since 2009. From 2014 to 2016 she chaired the Finnish Organum Society.

 

Susanne Kujala has premiered works for organ and accordion by composers such as Kalevi Aho, Antti Auvinen, Friedrich Goldmann, Sampo Haapamäki, Maija Hynninen, Veli Kujala, Minna Leinonen, Paola Livorsi, Juhani Nuorvala, Vesa Valkama, Olli Virtaperko ja Helmut Zapf. She has premiered the Double concerto for accordion, quarter-tone accordion and chamber orchestra by Joachim Schneider with Veli Kujala and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds in February 2011. Kujala premiered also the concerto CybOrgan for organ, live-electronics and strings by her husband Veli Kujala in a concert, which combined art and science. BIS released 2012 the Chamber works CD by Kalevi Aho, which consists among others of the well noticed performance of the composers great Sonata for two accordions played by both Kujalas. Susanne Kujala got interested in microtonal organ music in 2013 and performed her first concert on the microtonal Fokker organ with 31 tone system at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam in March 2014.