Finnish-born Soile Stratkauskas moved to Victoria in January 2010 with her husband David, and has quickly established herself in the West Coast early music scene. Her appearances include performances for the Early Music Society of the Islands, Pacific Baroque Festival, Early Music Vancouver and West Coast Winter Music series. After finishing her undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester she continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she gained her Master’s Degree with distinction. Soile has played with many prominent period instrument orchestras in the UK, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and Players and has toured Europe with these groups. With her chamber ensemble ‘Four Temperaments’ she has performed in various festivals including the London Handel Festival, Saintes Festival in France and Musica Antiqua in Barcelona. Soile has been the driving force behind founding the Victoria Baroque Players and is passionate about making music happen in Victoria. She has recently been elected to become an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.