ABOUT VERSOI

Versoi Ensemble musicians performing in concert benefitting local food bank in Sarasota, FL. (Photo: Cecilia Yao)

Versoi Ensemble musicians performing in concert benefitting local food bank in Sarasota, FL. (Photo: Cecilia Yao)

Versoi Ensemble is a collective of young American and Finnish artists transitioning from student to professional artistic life who are interested in producing chamber music projects as agents of cultural diplomacy. These projects provide intimate work environment for artists to dive into a cultural exchange, as well as joint-advocacy of human rights that are not defined by international borders.

The Ensemble seeks to connect an international community of artists to local communities of listeners who have projects engaged in social justice. Through the art of nonverbal communication in chamber music, artists experience empathy and compassion that are present in all corners of the world but may be expressed differently. A chamber music setting opens channels for more intimate relationships. In exploring chamber music repertoire together, the development of a common artistic vision with colleagues is akin to a process of discourse, compromise, and agreement.

We believe that we are agents of advocacy in the global arts ecosystem.

As citizens, we are responsible for the well-being of our communities and neighbors.

As artists, we are responsible for sharing the meaning and discoveries of our musical explorations.

As musicians collaborating with each other, we are collectively responsible for bridging the two spheres.

Cultural exchange through food . Versoi Ensemble founders Max Nyman and Johannes Hakulinen wrap dumplings. (Photo: Cecilia Yao)

Cultural exchange through food. Versoi Ensemble founders Max Nyman and Johannes Hakulinen wrap dumplings. (Photo: Cecilia Yao)

Why Versoi?

The spirit of this ensemble and project is one of rekindling, renewal, and rediscovery. In acknowledgement of the original collaboration between American and Finnish institutions, the name “Versoi” derives from the Finnish word meaning “to sprout.”

Design

The logo was designed in summer 2018 by New York-based designer Eileen Kim.