He has served as a soloist with well-known orchestras in the USA, Europe and the Far East, and regularly attends major chamber music festivals. He was Principal Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra between 2000 and 2009. He also served as Musical Director of the Seattle Northwest Chamber Orchestra and as Principal Guest at the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein at this time.

Gothóni has boosted art music events in countries where Western music is on the rise. This includes serving as founder and Artistic Director of the Beijing Forbidden City Music Festivalin the 1990s. He began collaborating with the Savonlinna Music Academy and the Cairo Opera House in 2007. Similar “homeopathic peace work with musical pills” has also continued in Azerbaijan, Turkey and Jordan.

Ralf Gothoni

As a professor of chamber music, he has worked at seven European universities and held masterclasses around the world. He is often invited to the jury of major music competitions. Gothón’s literary output includes e.g. three collections of essays. His most important compositions include four operas, an viola and piano concerto, a chamber cantata for violin, piano and strings, and chamber music and songs.

In 1994, Gothón was awarded the American Gilmore Award, one of the greatest awards in classical music. He was awarded the Schubert Medal by the Austrian Ministry of Culture in 1978, the Pro Finlandia Medal in 1990 and in 2012 by Queen Sofia of Spain for his artistic and pedagogical merit.

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.

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.

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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