Okko Kamu began his music career in 1952 following his acceptance as a violin student of Onni Suhonen in the youth department of the Sibelius Academy at the tender age of six years. This collaboration lasted for a total of 15 years as he rose to become Primarius in the Suhonen Quartet, which was the only permanent string quartet in Finland at the time.

Chamber music became a key area of Kamu’s artistic work, which at the same time shaped the collaboration of equals into the basic principle of his musical world.

In an international career spanning more than 50 years, Kamu has served as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland. He has also been a frequent visitor to Naantali Music Festival, conducting such ensembles as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Stockholm Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

The music of Aulis Sallinen has also been of primary importance to Kamu on his appearances in Naantali. Kamu has been in his element as an interpreter of Sallinen’s operas, and these have also been performed internationally and recorded for various labels under his baton.

Kamu’s international engagements have taken him to all of the ice-free continents, and this grand tour is still ongoing.


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