She graduated from the Sibelius-Academy's soloist department (Master of Music, solo piano diploma) with the highest possible honors. She also studied at the Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Merikanto achieved success in several piano competitions and chamber music competitions in Finland and abroad. As a solo performer, she has worked with many different orchestras and performed in Europe, USA and Japan.
She started playing piano at the age of three with Suzuki method. She has worked with Suzuki singers for more than twenty years.
She is currently performing as a concert pianist and accompanist and is working as a lecturer in classical piano and lied in Finland.