Pia Segerstam studied the cello in Finland at the Espoo Music Institute and at the Sibelius Academy with Seppo Laamanen and Arto Noras. After that she 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 post graduate chamber music class of Christian Ivaldi at the same conservatory. In addition to that 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 such as the
Mittel Deutsche Rundfunk Orchestra (Leipzig Neues Gewandhaus),
the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Finland and Norway (Helsinki,
Oslo), the National Orchestra of Lille and Montpellier, the Prague
Radio Symphony Orchestra (Rudolfinum Dvorak hall, Prague), The
Münchener Rundfunk Orchester (Herkules Saal), Barcelona
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Philharmonic Orchestra
(Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon), the Belgrade Philharmonic
Orchestra (Bemus Festival), The Berner Philharmonic Orchestra
and with several orchestras in Finland and Sweden: Helsinki Philharmonic
Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku-, Tampere-, Jyväskylä-,
Malmö-, Norrköping-, and Umeå Symphony Orchestras
and the Avanti! chamber orchestra. More recently she has played
for instance in Barbican Center and St Petersburg Mariinsky hall
the Britten's Cello Symphony and the Dutilleux 'Tout un monde
Lointain' in Malmö opera house.
Her performances have been broadcast by France Musique, the
Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk
and the Finnish Radio and Television.