Niklas Schmidt was a founding member of Trio Fontenay, which is renowned for international concert tours and award-winning recordings, and he served as its cellist for two decades, recording almost the entire chamber music genre for the Teldec, EMI and Philips labels. These recordings include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

One of the latest recordings is “Songs of Life” recorded in 2021, featuring 18 songs by composers from Sibelius to Granados, representing Schmidt’s personal journey from Finland to Spain.

Schmidt has served as a cellist in the Fine Arts Quartet (USA) since the beginning of 2018. In its new line-up, this quartet has already recorded three CDs for the Naxos label with works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Mozart.

Niklas Schmidt plays a Rogeri cello made in 1700.

This concert will resemble a fine summer’s day, with music for a romantic dream and the sparkle of virtuoso performance bringing a warm glow to the cheeks.

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.

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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