Praised for its full-bodied and impressive sound, the repertoire of the Key Ensemble combines materials from Renaissance to contemporary music in a versatile and creative way. The composition of the choir varies according to the need and situation, from small ensembles to a full-size chamber choir. Several of Key Ensemble’s seven recordings have won awards and attracted international attention (including the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) and the Finnish Choral Recording of the Year).
Besides its own concerts, the Key Ensemble performs tirelessly at festivals throughout Finland, including the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Turku, Naantali, Korsholm and Kauniainen Music Festivals, LuostoClassic, Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Organ Night and Aria, and Music by the Sea.
The first Artistic Director of this choir was Ulf Långbacka, who was followed by the long-serving Teemu Honkanen. Its numerous distinguished guests have included Krzysztof Penderecki, Heinz Holliger, Hannu Lintu, Jan Söderblom, Kari Turunen, Matti Hyökki and Justin Doyle.
Internationally, the choir has performed in Sweden, Estonia, Luxembourg and China, where it toured the country’s leading music centres extensively in 2019.
Naantali Winter Concert 2023, Songs of Armonlaakso, consists of works by Selim Palmgren, a composer who spent his summers in Naantali. The artists of the concert are soprano Annukka Kuivisto, pianist Henrik Järvi, Chamber Choir Key Ensemble directed by Jutta Seppinen and organist Miika Hartikainen.