Amanda says: "I am very interested in languages. I love to read poetry in original languages, that is a real passion of mine. At present I am trying to learn Russian and one day my goal is to read Dostoyevsky in its original Russian." Amanda Martikainen comes from Finland and is studying opera singing at the "University of Music and Theater" in Leipzig. She speaks six languages and her big dream is one day to spend a lot of time in Tibet. Currently she is often on the road as a guest soloist to build up a network and to gain professional experience. One issue that occupies her a lot, is that most of the conductors are male. She thinks the market is still very conservative. The few women who work in her business are always emphasized. But the classical market should free itself from these conservative constraints, of which she doesn`t even know what they are because all the people working in this profession are actually very forward thinking and modern. She herself has never worked with a conductress, which she thinks is a pity. Amanda often made the experience that music played by women is understood much more holistically and she would be extremely pleased to see what it would be like to play music with only women. Her goals she explains as "When I play music I do that with a lot of passion. Sharing experiences with other musicians is very important to me. It is a sense of community, therefore I would be very happy if I could become engaged in an opera house, because then I could work with colleagues on a long term basis."