Dalia Stasevska is renowned as a charismatic and versatile conductor whose international career has been in full swing in recent years. She began as Principal Guest of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in summer 2019, becoming Chief Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of its annual Sibelius Festival in autumn 2021.
The distinguished pianist Juhani Lagerspetz is a much-loved orchestral soloist and recitalist who has performed not only in Finland, but also in several European countries, Russia, Japan, the USA, South Korea, Chile and Brazil. He has enjoyed success in both Finnish and international piano competitions.
Bassoonist Jussi Särkkä has served as 2nd solo bassoonist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1995. He is a founder member and Principal of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and solo bassoonist with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist in numerous Finnish and foreign orchestras, and at many music festivals.
The expressive and versatile soprano Kaisa Ranta has discharged a wide range of assignments for stage and concert soloist. She won the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in 2006, thereafter immediately making her début at the Finnish National Opera in the title role of Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide.
Pianist Maria Männikkö has performed in Europe and the USA, both in recitals and as an orchestral soloist. She has also enjoyed success in international piano competitions. Männikkö has been performing chamber music as a piano duo with Pauli Kari since 2012. Besides her artistic work, she also teaches piano at the Turku Conservatory.
Minna Tervamäki is a dancer-choreographer who has pursued a fine career as a star dancer at the Finnish National Ballet. Her work nowadays focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration as a choreographer. The heart of her dance expression is a development of finely honed technique in new directions, whether this means dialogue with jazz, flamenco, circus or the visual arts.
Bass baritone Nicholas Söderlund made his début at the Finnish National Opera in the Fredrik Pacius opera Kung Karls jakt in spring 2007, and has been no stranger to these stages ever since. He is also an active concert singer, and has performed as a soloist with several Finnish orchestras. Söderlund won second prize at the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in 2006, and was similarly placed at the international Sibelius Singing Competition in autumn 2007.
Okko Kamu is an internationally acclaimed conductor who has also performed as a violinist and chamber musician. Victory in the first Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin in 1969 opened the door to his international career. Kamu was awarded a Pro Finlandia Medal in 1999 and the title of Professor in 2011.
Petteri Iivonen is one of the finest Finnish violin artists of our times, with accolades for his performance focusing on such aspects as flawless technique together with sensitivity and considered phrasing. Since 2019 he has served as first concertmaster of the legendary Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.
The career of Ralf Gothóni as a pianist, chamber musician and conductor has taken him around the entire globe. He is renowned as a musician who stresses a comprehensive approach to his craft. Gothóni has premiered more than a dozen piano concertos and worked with more than 100 international recording labels.
Conductor Ruut Kiiski has worked with leading orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire. She is the new Artistic Director of the Tampere Philharmonic Choir.
Horn artist Tanja Nisonen is a member of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and currently serves as Principal of its horn section. She has pursued an international career in this role, serving in such ensembles as the Swedish Radio and Las Palmas Symphony Orchestras. She is also an active chamber musician.
The Aboa Quartet began its activities in 1986 as a member of the Turku Ensemble Chamber Music Association. The quartet soon expanded its concert activities, performing regularly at various concert venues in Turku. The quartet has also given concerts in Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Bratislava. Juha-Pekka Vikman and Maija Kontunen, violin, Ramona Wolin-Takala, viola and Eija Huhtala-Krapu, cello will perform in the concert.
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra is a Finnish local and international orchestra that is both mindful of tradition and fond of novelty. Its operations revolve around a broad and varied series of symphony concerts, complemented by high-quality light music events. One important emphasis is on activities aimed at children and young adults in the Lahti region.
The roots of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra date back to the foundation of the Musical Society of Turku in 1790. The orchestra is the oldest in Finland and one of the longest-serving in the world, securing formal municipal status as a 29-member ensemble in 1927. Nowadays it has 74 members and is based at Turku Concert Hall, which was designed by Risto-Veikko Luukkonen as Finland’s first dedicated concert hall and constructed in 1952.