Ulla Suokko Singer/Flutist/Entertainer
"Do we dare hope for more? Yes. She gives us an encore of French Heels. And with it, she reveals an entirely different side of herselfsexy, dramatic, and full of fun."
Linda Glaser, Duluth, Minnesota
Finland-born concert artist and entertainer Ulla Suokko is not only a virtuoso flutist, but also an expressive pop/folk vocalist, enjoying a versatile international career sharing the magic of music, poetry and stories throughout the world. A consummate performer, this cosmopolitan bard is committed to making a difference in the world through music and musical stories always with romantic charm, joyous passion and a delightful sense of humor.
She has been featured in some of New York City’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theater. Last year she presented succesful shows as a singer/flutist/storyteller for Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist series as well as her show Ullalaa! with the accordionist Bill Schimmel. The duo was also featured at one of the largest children's festivals in the United States the Eurokids festival in Washington DC.
Ulla's international tours include Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Ulan Bator and Gobi desert in Mongolia; Baku, Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, the Georgian Republic; and Tokyo, Japan. Her recent engagements have brought her to Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Germany, France, Arizona, Colorado, California, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Washington state, Minnesota and Georgia.
From Finland to the World
In the recent past Ms. Suokko was the winner of the Performer of the Year award by the Finlandia Foundation National Trust. This brought her creative and cherished programs of stories, music and poetry to audiences nationwide. She continues to be one of the most sought after performers in the Finnish-American and Finnish-Canadian communities, including many FinnGrandFests and FinnFests, as well as Finn Fling in Thunder Bay, Canada. In her entertaining and informative performances she leads the listener on a musical and poetic exploration of humanity, building a bridge between ancient traditions and contemporary culture. Showing her versatility, Ms. Suokko has many credits also as an actress, including the title role in an award-winning short film “Dolores,” as well as multiple appearances on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien as Conan’s Finnish wife.
Ms. Suokko earned the Master of Music degree from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While still living in Finland, she was flutist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and spent many summers studying and performing in Italy. She has lectured and taught master classes in the U.S., Europe and Central Asia. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker. Her doctoral dissertation was on music and rhetoric: the art of oration, communication, persuasion and presentation.
Healing and Relaxation
An advocate of the healing power of music, Dr. Suokko was one of the musicians who brought music to the relief workers and to the families of the victims of the WTC tragedy. She played over 40 concerts in St. Paul’s Chapel at ground zero. She also brings concerts to hospitals, nursing homes, children’s advocacy centers and into the homes of hospice-care patients. Complementing her musical work, she gives workshops on peak performance, stress release, relaxation techniques, listening, communicating, and improvisation, as well as on the healing and transformational power of music. Her improvised, soothing solo flute CD, Bridge of Light, is an invocation for peace, balance, harmony and love.
Always a student, Dr. Suokko keeps expanding her knowledge and experience of the healing arts, exploring with equal thirst the ancient traditions of the world and the contemporary research of vibrational and energy medicine. Her interests range from shamanism to quantum physics. She divides her time between her homes in NYC, Lima and the Peruvian Andes.