CV – Sonja Fräki

Kuva: Heikki Tuuli

Sonja Fräki (born 1977 in Helsinki) is an actively performing concert pianist. She is also an experienced and sought after accompanist and chamber musician. Fräki studied at the Sibelius Academy and graduated as Master of Music 2003. She also studied in Germany at the postgraduate study programme called Konzertexamen in Karlsruhe and graduated 2004 with highest marks. Fräki has specialized in the piano music of Kalevi Aho, which was the topic of her Doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy. She graduated as Doctor of Music 2016. 

2008 Fräki won the 3rd Prize at the International Liszt Piano competition in Wroclaw, Poland. She was the winner of 4th Prize at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund 2003. In Dortmund she also received a special prize for the best performance of Schubert late sonata in the semi-finals. She received prizes also at the Maj Lind competition in Helsinki 2007 and Paderewski competition in Poland 1998. 

Fräki has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, for example Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra and Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. She has also released two solo albums, the latest one for BIS containing the entire solo piano repertoire of Kalevi Aho. Musicweb International named it as the Recording of the Month in March 2015.

Fräki works as an accompanist at the Sibelius Academy and at the Music Institute Juvenalia.