Christian Altenburger studied violin in his home town at the Vienna University of Music and at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy DeLay. He made his solo début at the Musikverein in Vienna at the age of 19. This was soon followed by visits as a soloist with top international orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music has become an important part of Altenburger’s artistic work in addition to his soloist assignments. His chamber music partners include Patrick Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Nobuko Imai, Reinhard Latzko, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michel Lethiec, Arto Noras, Melvyn Tan and Lars Anders Tomter.

From 2003 to 2019, Christian Altenburger served as Artistic Director of the Schwäbische Frühling Music Festival, whose architecturally impressive concert venues in southern Germany provide the ideal ambience for chamber music and symphony orchestra concerts.

The opening melodies of this concert will bring a feeling that summer has come! The opening Naantali Music Festival Opus 42 concert will express joy, lightness and masterly virtuosity. The special mood of Naantali is now here.

We wish a happy birthday to Arto Noras! With a staggering degree of talent and virtuosity, this concert will come some way to reflecting the life’s work of Arto Noras. The friends will take the stage with a carefully selected musical programme to make the concert one big party for the audience as well.

This evening will flow like a dance! Now we are moving from Bach’s graceful court dances through the fast turns of Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Golijov and Shostakovich to the spicy tangos of Piazzolla. The stars will get the tunes flying.

A Northern Dimension. Bright, profound and beautiful. Jaakko Kuusisto, who passed away in February 2022, was for many years a key force behind the Naantali Music Festival as a violinist, conductor and composer. The concert is a tribute to Jaakko and his magnificently diverse compositional work, which continues the tradition of the great Nordic composers and the northern dimension of music.

A heart-rendingly beautiful concert experience in memory of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. We shall remember with gratitude this landmark composer and friend of Naantali Music Festival. His music will live on forever.



Now you can experience all the colours of the summer, from the tantalizingly cheerful Shaker Loops of John Adams to Gershwin’s famous Porgy and Bess.

This will be the world premiere of Olli Kortekangas’ Partita Concertante, a work for cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp and percussion. The concert will also include Bach partitas and music by Schönberg. What a programme!

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