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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (b. 1957) studied cello with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he received his diploma in 1983. An interest in baroque music led him to summer courses with Laurence Dreyfus and later to Holland, where he studied with Wieland Kuijken and Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and received postgraduate diplomas in viola da gamba and baroque cello in 1992.
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has earned distinction as a recital soloist and chamber musician. He is a founder member of the celebrated Phantasm viol quartet. His engagements include appearances in Europe, America and Asia. The Finnish Broadcast Company honoured him as 'Musical act of the year 2003' which was awarded after his 'Gambaa!' recital series of French baroque music: he gave c. 50 recitals, playing numerous different programs. A special interest of Luolajan-Mikkola's is contemporary music commissioned for the bass viol.
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola's solo and chamber music recordings have received enthusiastic critical acclaim, and are available on the Alba, AVIE, BIS, Simax, Channel Classics, Decca, GMN and Toccata Classics labels. On three occasions his recordings have been nominated for a Gramophone Award, two of which went on to win: Henry Purcell Fantasies in 1997 and Orlando Gibbons Consort for viols in 2004, both played by Phantasm. Recordings have also been noted as Editor's Choice (Gramophone), Recording of the Month (Rondo magazine) and Best Recordings of the Year (Helsingin Sanomat) as well as Diapason d'or and Choc du Monde de la Musique.
In the 1980's Markku Luolajan-Mikkola dedicated himself to teach cello playing and many of his former students are now active in various fine European orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is currently teaching at the Sibelius Academy. In 2002 he founded the Lu-Mi Strings company, producing fine hand made baroque instruments in Beijing.
Marin Marais: Suitte d'un gôut etranger. Alba Records ABCD 107. Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba and Battalia continuo group. Awarded by ÄKT Janne- and YLE prizes in 1995
Antoine Forqueray: Series 1 d minor and 5 c minor. 1996. Alba Records ABCD 111.
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba. Continuo: Mika Suihkonen and Anssi Mattila.
Helsingin Sanomat's press choice: Record of the year 1996.
Henry Purcell: Fantasias and In Nomines. 1996. Simax PSC 1124. Phantasm. Gramophone-award, serie: Baroque non-vocal.
Barsanti and Veracini: Sonatas. 1997. Simax PSC 1122 Bryggen Consort.
William Byrd and Richard Mico: Consort music. 1997. Simax PSC 1143. Phantasm. Rondo-magazine's choice for Record of the Month.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Contrapunctus nro:s 1-11 and 18 (Die Kunst der Fuge) 1998. Sima x PSC 1135. Phantasm.
Marin Marais: Selection of compositions from book II. 1998. BIS-CD-909. Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba. Continuo: Varpu Haavisto, Eero Palviainen and Elina Mustonen.
John Christopher Pepusch: Cantatas and instrumental music. 1998. BIS-CD-965. Bergen Barokk.
Mauro Giuliani: Trio for violin, guitar and cello & duos for violin and guitar. 1998. ABCD-124:1-2 Erkki Palola, violin, Ilkka Virta, guitar and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. BWV 1027-1030a. 2000. BIS-CD-1061 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba and Miklós Spányi, tangent piano.
William Byrd: Songs and consorts. 2000. SIMAX PSC 1191. Phantasm; Geraldine McGreevy, soprano, and Ian Partridge, tenor.
Matthew Locke: Consort music. 1999. GMNC 0109. Phantasm.
William Lawes: Consorts in four and fi ve parts. 2000. Channel Classics CCS 15698. Phantasm, Gramophone award -nominée 2001.
Fairest Isle (compilation). 2001. Decca LC 00171. Barbara Bonney, soprano. Featuring Phantasm. Grammy-nominée.
William Lawes: Consorts in six parts. 2002. Channel Classics CCS 17498. Phantasm. "Chock du Monde"
Orlando Gibbons: Consort for Viols. 2004. AVIE AV0032. Phantasm. Gramophone Award 2004.
Four Temperaments, Byrd-Ferrabosco-Parsons-Tallis. 2005. AVIE AV2054. Phantasm. Gramophone-magazine's Editor's Choice.
John Jenkins: Six-part Consorts. AVIE AV2099. Phantasm
John Jenkins: Five-Part Consort. AVIE AV2120. Phantasm
François Couperin: Pieces de Violes. AVIE AV2132. Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba. Continuo: Mikko Perkola and Aapo Häkkinen
In addition there are numerous recordings for the radio and recorded concerts for broadcasting.