Violinist Kari Olamaa (born 1986) is currently finalizing his Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under professor Kaija Saarikettu. He graduated from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2009, where he also started studying the baroque violin, the viola and conducting. Along his studies Olamaa is working as an active chamber and orchestral musician, soloist, conductor and pedagogue across most genres of Western art music. He is a founding member of Varjo Ensemble, which has premiered several contemporary works in Helsinki, Tokyo and Berlin. As a baroque violinist and violist he has performed with Orfeo55, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Nylandia and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, among others.