Emil Holmström studied piano in the Sibelius Academy with Erik T. Tawaststjerna and in Paris with Marie-Françoise Bucquet. He has also studied composition under Veli-Matti Puumala and Olli Väisälä.
Holmström is a frequent performer of new music, having commissioned pieces from young composers and premiered dozens of works. He has worked as a recording artist for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, and made the premier recording of Puumala’s Hommages Fugitifs.
Holmström has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and lied accompanist throughout Europe and the Americas, and has appeared in most Finnish contemporary music festivals. In Finland he has been a featured soloist with the Lahti Orchestra and in Sibelius Academy concert series, among others.