His début concert took place at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1980. He has toured widely since then, giving concerts throughout Europe, the USA, and the Middle and Far East. Lethiec has served as a soloist with many leading European orchestras, and has worked with renowned chamber music ensembles.

He is a member of the Trio à vent de Paris together with Vincent Lucas and Philippe Hanon. He is an enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary music who has also recorded extensively, for example recently recording the world premiere of the three concertos of Penderecki and a CD dedicated to chamber music by the same composer.

Lethiec is a respected educator who teaches at the Paris and Nice Conservatories, regularly holds master classes at major educational institutions abroad, and is a visiting jury member at many international clarinet competitions. He is also Artistic Director of the prestigious Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France.

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.

In summer 2022 Naantali Music Festival will travel to the island of Själö in the nearby Turku archipelago for an archipelago concert. Boat connections to Själö are available either from the Aura River in Turku or from the shoreline of Naantali Old Town. Passengers will experience the beauty of summery Airisto and the Turku archipelago en route, with an opportunity to learn the fascinating and partly sombre history of Själö and admire its beautiful scenery. The highlight of the day will be a splendid archipelago concert with the virtuosi of Naantali Music Festival.

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.

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!

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.

The popular outdoor concerts at Kultaranta will continue with a programme of music on the themes of nature and animals. Kultaranta will provide the setting for a Nature Trail from the a capella group Club For Five, and the much loved Saint-Saëns suite The Carnival of the Animals narrated by Seela Sella.

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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