Merja Soria

Merja Soria, a native of Finland was the first Finlandia Foundation performer of the year in 1996. She received a Masters Degree in Music at Sibelius Academy in Finland and has taught Finnish music at San Diego State University  and University of San Diego. In 2003 and 2006 Ms. Soria was featured in the Who’s Who in America and in 2005 she received an award at SDSU for Academic Excellence and Community outreach. Merjahas performed at the Los Angeles Music Center, Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Toronto Centre For the Arts, Peninsula Music Fair and many other music festivals in United States and Europe. Currently Ms. Soria teaches the young children of San Diego at her own music program Miss Merja‘s Music Room.

Ms. Soria’s CD Arctic Silence is a selection of ancient Finnish songs. A song from Arctic Silence was featured in the National Geographic Television’s program “Beyond the Movie: Lord of The Rings”.

Ms. Soria is dedicated to performing the touching music of Finnish heritage. She combines kanteles (Finnish folk harp) and voice to sing the haunting songs of Suomi. Finnish folk poetry tells that when the first kantele was played for the first time, the sound was so beautiful that everybody started to cry. When the tears touched the water of the ocean, they turned to pearls.

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