Senja Rummukainen was awarded the 6th prize in the international Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Few years before she won the 1st prize in the national Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and was a finalist in the international Guilhermina Suggia Prize in Portugal 2015.
Rummukainen has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the most important Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Kuopio, Joensuu and Vaasa Orchestras with renowned conductors like Valery Gergiev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Petri Sakari.
As a chamber musician Rummukainen is one of the most popular in Finland. She has been a regular guest since already many years at the most important Finnish festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. Alongside with her visits she is one of the artistic directors in the Kamarikesä Festival in Helsinki, together with Johannes Piirto, Kasmir Uusitupa, Tami Pohjola and Riina Piirilä. In season 2020/21 Senja returns to play with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and debuts with Tapiola Sinfonietta playing Schumann Cello Concerto. She also performs in Munich together with Daniel Müller-Schott and participates in the CelloFest in Helsinki. In addition she can be heard playing chamber music throughout Europe and also in the soundtrack of the new Aku Louhimies movie ”Waiting”. In 2017 she became the II principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played as a guest principal cello in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Senja Rummukainen is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Before that she has studied with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Young-Chang Cho at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy and Taru Aarnio and Allar Kaasik at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Senja has participated masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher.
Her instrument is a cello by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.