Ulrika Edström is a well-respected and active musician with a broad range of musical interests and expertise. Beside her orchestral life as co-principal cellist in The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, she is also busy teaching and performing as a recitalist, continuo player and chamber musician.
Born in Härnösand, Sweden, Ulrika began playing the cello as a young girl. She holds a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she studied with prof. Ola Karlsson. Several international scholarships enabled her to further her studies with William Pleeth and Siegfried Palm, and later at The Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Canada.
Ulrika was the principal cellist of the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra for 5 years before joining The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has toured extensively with both ensembles, performing with conductors such as Esa Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti, Carlo Maria Guilini, Myung Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev and Daniel Harding.
Ulrika enjoys playing the baroque cello and has learned much from playing together with period specialists such as Andrew Manze and Bernard Forck. She is also keenly interested in the music of our own time. Throughout the years she has collaborated with many composers, premiering and recording works by for example Sven-David Sandström, Lars Ekström, Lars-Åke Franke-Blom, Oleg Gotskosik and Jaroslaw Kapuscinsky.
Ulrika is dedicated to helping young musicians, and has been on the faculty of Lilla Akademien in Stockholm since 2005.