Frans Helmerson began his career as a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra after studying in Gothenburg, Rome and London e.g. under Mstislav Rostropovits. Helmerson has performed in Europe, the United States, South America, Asia and Australia with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sergiu Comissiona, among others.

Helmerson also enjoys performing as a chamber musician and has regularly visited not only the Naantali Music Festival, but also the festivals in Verbier, Prades, Kuhmo and Ravinia. From 1994 to 2001, he was the artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival.

In 2002, Helmerson founded the Michelangelo Quartet, which also features Mihaela Martin, Daniil Austrich and Nobuko Imaï. In addition to chamber music and soloist duties, Helmerson has also performed as a conductor. He has, for example, taught at the Cologna Conservatory, been a visiting professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and served as a professor at the Kronberg Academy. ​​​​​​​

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.

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.

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!

In honour of the sea, we shall hear words of wisdom, whalesong and beautiful classics. Every one of us can help to protect the Finnish Archipelago Sea in our own way.

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