Merja Soria

News: Merja has been invited to share her songs and stories as the Finnish Tradition Bearer at the Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, December 14-29. If you are in the area, please join her to celebrate the Nordic Christmas Revels. Tickets are now available at the Harvard Box Office.

A native of Finland, Merja Soria performs the traditional music of her Finnish heritage. She combines the ancient kantele with the poignant sound of her voice to sing the haunting songs of Suomi (Finland). Soria has been praised as a brilliant exponent of Finnish traditional music and is known for her voice that “carries the day all on its own”.

Ms. Soria’s CD recording  Arctic Silence is a selection of ancient Finnish folk songs, one of which was featured in the National Geographic Television’s program “Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings.”

Merja was the inaugural artist in the Finlandia Foundation’s Performer of the Year touring program. She received a Masters Degree in Music at the Sibelius Academy in Finland and has taught Finnish music at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. In both 2003 and 2006, she was featured in Who’s Who in America. She has performed at the Los Angeles Music Center, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Toronto Centre For the Arts, the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University and many music festivals across the United States and in Europe.

In 2016 and 2017, Merja was selected to represent Finland at the annual Christmas Revels production. The performances took place at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington D.C. and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, NH, reaching over 16,000 people. The show celebrates the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year shifting toward light. In December 2018 Merja will be the featured performer, the Finnish Tradition-Bearer at the Nordic Christmas Revels production at the Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre.