Kauppinen studied double bass at the Sibelius Academy and the Cologne University of Music under Jussi Javas and professor Veit-Peter Schüssler, subsequently enrolling in master classes and studying privately under Franco Petracchi, Esko Laine, Janne Saksala and Duncan McTier.

Kauppinen’s concert début was awarded in Helsinki by the Sibelius Academy in 2000, and he was granted a Pro Musica scholarship in the same year. Even while still studying, he reached the semi-finals of international double bass competitions in Moscow and Geneva. He also won first prize in the 1996 “Kemira Master Class” solo competition.

Kauppinen’s working assignments have included service with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra, the Galician Symphony Orchestra in Spain, the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein in Germany.

He has performed extensively at chamber music festivals in recent years. Besides Naantali Music Festival, these include Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival and the Korsholm, Iitti and Hauho Music Festivals.

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.



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.

The popular outdoor concerts at Kultaranta will continue with a programme of music on the themes of nature and animals. Kultaranta will provide the setting for a Nature Trail from the a capella group Club For Five, and the much loved Saint-Saëns suite The Carnival of the Animals narrated by Seela Sella.

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.

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