Jussi Särkkä has been permanently attached to the Joensuu City and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, and most recently the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with several Finnish orchestras, and with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and the English Chamber Orchestra at most of Finland’s leading music festivals.

Särkkä served as Artistic Director of the Crusell Music Festival in Uusikaupunki from 2006 to 2011. He has lectured at the Sibelius Academy since 1994 and also served for several years as Deputy Director of the Wind, Percussion and Harp department and as a member of the Sibelius Academy Artistic Committee.

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.

Come rain or shine, jolly water drops and beautiful tears will be a source of fascination in the ancient church at Raisio, bringing a sense of playfulness and depth to a summer afternoon.

Summertime

14.6.

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!

The concert moves from light to shadows – it’s a combination of dark clouds as well as comforting pout clouds and sunshine. A specialty is Ralf Gothoni’s Life Views themed piano concerto for two pianists.

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