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November 29, 2019

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

           Born in the former Soviet Union, Kirill Gerstein is an American citizen based in Berlin.  His career is similarly international, with solo and concerto engagements taking him across North America, Europe,...

November 20, 2019

Max Richter's SLEEP. Photo credit: Petri Anttila / Helsinki Festival

Just as the first signs of autumn taking over glorious summer begin to appear (shorter sunsets, occasional winds, gradually falling temperature), August in Helsinki offers a treasure of cultural treats...

November 19, 2019

Sturdivant Adams holds an MPhil in Music Composition from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), awarded with Distinction, where he studied with composer Robert Saxton, and a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University. While at Oxford, he was mentored by Tony A...

November 17, 2019

Photo credit: Vern Evans

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker—John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. Among Adams’s works are several of the most performed contemporary classical pieces today: Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symph...

November 13, 2019

A conversation with Gunilla Hemming, the Autumn Sonata (FNO) librettist.

The opera Autumn Sonata has been an instant success with the audiences when it was premiered in 2017 at the Finnish National Opera. It uses Ingmar Bergman's film script Hostsonaten as its source, i...

November 9, 2019

Massenet’s Werther, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Handel’s Agrippina  

Love seems to have preoccupied the planning team of the season 2019/2020: it rushes on stage in so many variations and thematic lines that it is difficult to choose which one to favour. On the other hand...

November 6, 2019

Photo credit: Kristen Loken

Born in Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), Alexander Barantschik has graduated from St Petersburg Conservatory and has worked with St Petersburg Philharmonic under Evgeny Mravinsky. After moving abroad in 1979, he worked as a concertmaster of...

October 23, 2019

Anja Salonen (b.1994) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her education includes studies at California Institute of Arts (Valencia, LA), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) and a summer school at Pharos (Greece). She also...

October 23, 2019

11-31 October 2019 marks the Festival of one of the most important figures on modern composition scene – the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The Festival is taking place in Helsinki and features Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Chamber...

August 30, 2019

Photo by Finnish National Opera/Ralph Larmann 

Anna Kelo is a Finnish opera director who has graduated from GITIS (Russian State Unstitute of Theatre Arts) in Moscow in 1992 and has been working at Finnish National Opera (FNO) for 25 years since 1994, becoming its chief...

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