Currently studying at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Kasmir Uusitupa is one of the most versatile young violinists from Finland. He started playing actively orchestra and chamber music from an early age, along with folk music with his family.
Uusitupa performs regularly with the leading finnish orchestras as a soloist or as a concertmaster. In the summertime he appears in chamber music in festivals, and in 2017 his Borea string quartet was selected to be the new quartet in residence of the international Kuhmo chamber music festival.
Uusitupa's most important long time teachers are Oleg Kaskiv, Kaija Saarikettu, Paavo Pohjola, and Lauri Untamala. Additionally, he has had extensive lessons from Maxim Vengerov, Olivier Charlier, and Antti Tikkanen. Uusitupa has also reinforced his musical studies as a private conducting student of Jorma Panula.
Kasmir Uusitupa has received prizes in Kuopio national violin competition 2015, Anja Ignatius violin competition 2013, and "The young folk musician of the year" awards in 2005 and 2006.
Kasmir Uusitupa plays a Spiritus Sorsana violin (~1700), kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.