Samuli Peltonen has performed as a soloist with most Finnish orchestras, and with the English Chamber Orchestra, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, and at the Bronisław Huberman Violin Festival in Poland. He has performed as a chamber musician at international venues in many countries, including the USA, Australia, Spain, Iceland, Germany and Denmark.

He currently performs as a soloist at the Finnish National Opera, plays in the Sibelius Piano Trio and the Total Cello Ensemble, and serves as a visiting teacher at the Sibelius Academy. Prior to his current positions, Peltonen was a cello soloist at the Royal Danish Opera in 2015 and at the Opera Australia in Melbourne and Sydney in the 2016-2018 autumn seasons, and he played in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra between 2006 and 2016. He has also held master classes in Finland, Italy and Estonia.

Samuli Peltonen studied at the Sibelius Academy under professor Arto Noras and completed master classes under such distinguished figures as Fred Sherry, Heinrich Shiff, Gary Hoffman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Torleif Thedeen and Frans Helmerson. ​​​​​​​

Peltonen plays a Giovanni Grancino cello made in 1702.

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.

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.

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!



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.

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.

Our festival will conclude and culminate with a unique collection of works arranged for twelve cellos. Distinguished soprano Kaisa Ranta will join the twelve top cellists in this extraordinary concert. Could there be a more spectacular finale!

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