He previously held a corresponding position at the Finnish National Opera from 2017.

Iivonen was first runner-up in the 2010 International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, thereby becoming only the second Finn ever to win a medal at this prestigious event. Other highlights of his career have included performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Iivonen performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta at Tel Aviv in 2010. He has performed extensively around the world, on major international stages such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tokyo Opera City and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. He has also served as a soloist with almost all of the orchestras in Finland.

Petteri Iivonen is a familiar figure in chamber music, performing with such distinguished ensembles as the Emerson and Tokyo Quartets. He is a founding member of the Sibelius Piano Trio, which secured a Latin Grammy nomination for its first album.

Petteri Iivonen

The opening melodies of this concert will bring a feeling that summer has come! The opening Naantali Music Festival Opus 42 concert will express joy, lightness and masterly virtuosity. The special mood of Naantali is now here.

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.

Askainen Church and the choral works of contemporary composers of Marshal Mannerheim will take us on a journey into the modern history of Finland. A finely nuanced narrative to this historical excursion from the Arensky String Quartet will give everyone an opportunity to find their own story.

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.

The atmosphere of Naantali Music Festival will captivate the Turku Sibelius Museum. With charmingly delicious Sibelius songs, naturally!

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!

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