Pia Segerstam studied cello in Finland at the Espoo Music Institute and at the Sibelius Academy
with Seppo Laamanen and Arto Noras. She subsequently continued her studies at the Paris
Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) with Michel Strauss and
Philippe Muller, obtaining the 1st Prize diploma both in cello and in chamber music. During the
years 1994-95 she attended the postgraduate chamber music class of Christian Ivaldi at the same
conservatory. Additionally she has participated in master classes of William Pleeth, Steven
Isserlis, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Frans Helmerson and Julius Berger.


As a soloist she has performed with orchestras including the Mittel Deutsche Rundfunk Orchestra
(Leipzig Neues Gewandhaus / Segerstam), the Finnish and Norwegian Radio Symphony
Orchestras (Helsinki, Oslo), the National Orchestra of Lille and Montpellier, the Prague Radio
Symphony Orchestra (Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall, Prague / Elgar), the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester
(Herkulessaal / Tchaikovsky) etc. and with several orchestras in Finland and Sweden: Helsinki
Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Symphony Orchestras of Turku, Tampere,
Jyväskylä, Malmö, Norrköping, and Umeå, and the “Avanti!” Chamber Orchestra.
In 2014 she revived her interpretation of Tout un monde lointain by Dutilleux in Malmö, and she
has also recently played many concerts of Britten’s Cello Symphony, for example at the Barbican
Center and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Hall with Leif Segerstam as conductor, and also with
Maxime Tortelier conducting the Montpellier National Orchestra (with which she also acts as a
regular solo cellist and is part of numerous chamber music concerts); she gave a further
performance of this work in Aarhus (Denmark) in 2017.


As a chamber musician Pia Segerstam has given numerous recitals in France, Finland, Sweden,
Germany and Austria. In addition to Skalkottas’ complete works for cello and piano from 1995
republished here, she has recorded on CD Leif Segerstam’s Epitaph 6 VI for violin, cello and
orchestra (Ondine), works by Leif Segerstam for solo cello or cello & piano (BIS), Victoria
Borisova-Ollas’ Im Klosterhofe for cello, piano and tape (Phono Suecia), and Christophe
Sirodeau’s Musique Vespérale pour Elsa op.28: Sumphônia (V) for solo cello and orchestra
(Altarus /USA) with additional chamber music. Her performances have been broadcast by France
Musique, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Czech Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Finnish
Radio and Television.
 

Detailed list of recent solo concerts