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 premiere recording of Puumala's Hommages Fugitifs.
Holmström has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and lead 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 the Sibelius Academy concert series, among others. The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Wihuri Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden and Pro Musica have all supported his work.