Katri Ervamaa, cellist, has performed widely in the U.S., her native Finland, and throughout Europe. She is equally at ease performing traditional and non-traditional music; her repertoire ranges from standard solo works and chamber music to new compositions, electro-acoustic pieces and free improvisation.
As a member of the Owla String Quartet, Katri appeared in numerous international music festivals, including the Bowdoin, Orlando, Norrtälje, Haute Limousine and Kuhmo Festivals, as well as in concerts in six different European countries, Taiwan and the U.S. She is a founding member of Brave New Works, E3Q – the UM Residential College faculty trio, Ed Sarath’s Timescape, a nine-member free improvising group, and the newly formed Muse String Quartet. She also serves as a member of the board of directors.
Katri received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan and the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northern Illinois University. Her primary teachers include Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Kazimierz Michalik and Lauri Laitinen, as well as Andrew Jennings and the Vermeer, Borodin and Amadeus String Quartets. She is on faculty at the University of Michigan Residential College, where she is the head of the Music Program. She also teaches cello at the School for the Performing Arts - Ann Arbor. Previously, Katri has taught cello at the Eastern Michigan University and the Bowling Green State University, and has given master classes at Northern Illinois University, Lewis & Clark College, University of Puget Sound, Tufts University, SUNY-Pottsdam, University of Windsor in Canada and Oulu Conservatory in Finland.
Katri lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, composer and trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann and their daughter Julia, born in 2004. In her spare time she enjoys going for walks with her family and reading, and dreams of having enough time for gardening and crafts.