Schweizer Livia, huilu
Livia Schweizer (b.1994) is a flutist, improvisor and educator. Born and raised in Italy, she is now based in Helsinki. After graduating from the conservatory of Livorno in Mauro Rossi’s class, Livia was attracted by the contemporary music scene in Finland and moved to Helsinki to study at Sibelius Academy with Mikael Helasvuo.
Since moving to Helsinki Livia has had the possibility to take part in several contemporary music and interdisciplinary projects with e.g., the NYKY Ensemble, Korvat auki ry, Avanti!, UMUU Ensemble, Eloa ry, and Tampering ry. She has performed in festivals such as the Flow Festival, Helsingin Juhlaviikot, the UNM Festival, Tulkinnanvaraista, Luosto Soi!, Jauna Muzika and Musica nova.
Currently Livia is a member of the European Composer Improvisers Orchestra and part of the Helsinki-based Septad Ensemble, which focuses on real-time composed music. In addition, she is a co-founder of the Earth Ears Ensemble mostly dedicated to performing new music written by lesser-known composers.
Alongside her work in the contemporary music field, Livia is an active orchestra player: she is a member of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and over the past two years she has worked with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia and the Pori Sinfonietta and has served as a substitute co-principal flute in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and a substitute piccolo player for the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Livia has a master in flute and pedagogy from Uniarts and she is currently teaching at the International School of Music Finland. Her teachers in flute have been Mauro Rossi, Mikael Helasvuo, Hanna Kinnunen, and Jim Walker during her exchange at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Kuva: Tuomas Tenkanen