Arto Noras is a contemporary giant of cello art. After studying under Yrjö Selin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Paul Tortelier in Paris, his success at the 1966 Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition marked the start of a notable international career.

Arto Noras has performed as a soloist with most of the leading orchestras and conductors around the world, and has also served as an active chamber musician. His repertoire extends to virtually the entire literature written for the cello. Also as a chamber musician Arto Noras has performed with many of the most notable musicians of our times.

Noras has performed as a soloist all around the world with most of the renowned orchestras and conductors. His repertoire covers most of the music composed for cello. His catalogue of recordings is extensive, and includes several works that were dedicated to him personally, with recording partners including such distinguished figures as Krzysztof Penderecki. Arto Noras’ career as a professor at the Sibelius Academy, his master classes given all over the world, and his work on the juries of international cello competitions have influenced the development of cello art both in Finland and globally.

He has founded Naantali Music Festival and the International Paulo Cello Competition, and continues to serve as Artistic Director of both events. As a tirelessly curious seeker of something new, he has also commissioned several works from composers. At the Naantali Music Festival, Aulis Sallinen’s Don Juanquixote’s night dances and Barabbas dialogues, Leif Segerstam’s sixth cello concerto and Erik Bergman’s cello concerto have premiered.


Below you can find a video of Arto Noras telling the story of different posters of the Naantali Music Festival.

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