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.

The amount of recordings is extensive, including several works dedicated to him. with recording partners including such distinguished figures as Krzysztof Penderecki and Aulis Sallinen. 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. He has both commissioned and premiered several works performed at Naantali Music Festival.



Naantali Music Festival starts with a bang! Duo per Due, composed especially for this concert by Auli Sallinen, is premiered by Arto Noras, who has led the Music Festival for 40 years, and the new artistic director, violinist Elina Vähälä. Belgian composer César Franck’s works are filled with passion and the pathos of late Romanticism, while Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu’s cello sonata translates the beauty of the 19th century into contemporary language.

Arto Noras, the Finnish Grand Old Man of cello, and the international students of his masterclass perform their works prepared during the Music Festival both together and individually.

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