Erik Rousi is a bass-baritone who graduated in spring 2016 with the best possible grades from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, where he studied under the supervision of Prof. Seppo Ruohonen and Prof. Marjut Hannula. Now Mr. Rousi is continuing his studies at the opera class of Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. Rousi started his musical studies at Turku Conservatory at the age of 8, learning to play the cello. At the same school, he started his study programme in vocal studies in 2011 in Jouni Kuorikoski's class. During 2012-2013, in addition to Kuorikoski, Rousi was taught by Prof. Petteri Salomaa. Rousi has also attended the master classes of Prof. Edith Lienbacher, Prof. Elisabeth Werres, and Prof. Helen Tintes, to name a few.
Rousi has performed in several stage performances, where his roles have included Figaro (W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), Don Alfonso (W. A. Mozart: Così fan tutte), Colas (W. A. Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne), Caronte (C. Monteverdi: L´Orfeo) and Dankwart (O. Straus: Die lustigen Nibelungen). Rousi has also performed a variety of 20th century and contemporary music. To name the latest, Rousi received plenty of praise from critics for his role of Stalin in the world premiere of the Peruvian composer A. Z. Roncal’s opera Ger Mania - La Gran Fiesta.
Rousi has a lot of passion for the Lied music, in which he is already an experienced performer. The corner stones of Rousi's Lied repertoire are the great works of Schumann and Schubert, as well as contemporary music. Rousi has performed at several Finnish music festivals, such as Turku Music Festival, Eurajoki Bel Canto, Rauma Festivo, and the festival Brinkall Soi.
Rousi has received several mentions of honour and scholarships. He was also one of the awardees at the final of Kangasniemi Vocal Competition in 2015. Rousi's singing career has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.