Young Song has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at major music venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Salle Gaveau, Zurich Tonhalle, Finlandia Hall, Suntory Hall, Opera City and Wigmore Hall. He has participated in prestigious international music festivals in Rhinegau, Mecklenburg, Verbier, Casals, Mateus, Prussia Cove and Harare,
and performed as a concert soloist with world-leading orchestras, such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Kanazawa, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Besides giving concerts, Young Song has hosted concert series and radio programmes, including currently serving as host for the 11AM Concert Series, which has become the most popular concert series at the Seoul Arts Center. He also seeks to promote the public good by serving as Musical Director of the Happy Music School outreach project, which serves children without access to education in classical music.
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.
Dances with the Stars
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.
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.
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!
In honorem maris
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.
A Twelve Cello Finale
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!