Turku Music Festival organises two concerts at Wigmore Hall in London

The Turku Music Festival is organising two back-to-back concerts at Wigmore Hall in London on Saturday 4 April 2020, at 11.00 and 14.00. The performers are Sunwook Kim, Lorenza Borrani, Alban Gerhardt, Julia Kretz-Larsson, Sunwook Kim, Sarah McElravy, Julian Rachlin and the artistic director of the Turku Music Festival, Klaus Mäkelä. Julian Rachlin is not only one of the world’s finest violinists but also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

Turku Festival Showcase
Wigmore Hall, London
Sat 4 Apr 2020 at 11.00

Julia-Maria Kretz, violin
Sarah McElravy, violin
Julian Rachlin, violin
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Klaus Mäkelä, cello
Sunwook Kim, piano

Colombi: Chiacona
Saariaho: Dreaming Chaconna (After G. Colombi)

Vasks: Castillo interior
McElravy, Gerhardt

Schumann: Piano Quintet
Kim, Rachlin, Kretz-Larson, McElravy, Mäkelä

Turku Festival Showcase
Wigmore Hall, Lontoo
Sat 4 Apr 2020 at 14.00

Lorenza Borrani, violin
Julian Rachlin, violin
Sarah McElravy, viola
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Klaus Mäkelä, cello

Sauli Zinovjev: Sospirando 4 “Schubert”
Schubert: String Quintet
Borrani, Rachlin, McElravy, Gerhardt, Mäkelä

The programmes were designed by Klaus Mäkelä, artistic director of the Turku Music Festival, who also performs at both concerts. Klaus Mäkelä is a distinguished conductor and also one of the finest cellists of his generation in Finland.

The concerts are jointly produced with Wigmore Hall and are open to the public. Tickets are on sale in the Wigmore Hall sales channels. The purpose of the concerts is, as their title indicates, to showcase the Turku Music Festival to London audiences and thus to attract interest in the annual event.

“I am very pleased and proud to bring concerts of the Turku Music Festival to Wigmore Hall. It is a great honour to perform some of the world’s greatest music with my wonderful colleagues at this venue, while also raising awareness of the Turku Music Festival abroad,” says Klaus Mäkelä.

“Wigmore Hall is one of the best and most legendary concert venues in Europe. Having this unique opportunity says something about the status of the Turku Music Festival in the international music festival context. In keeping with its strategy, the Turku Music Festival Foundation seeks to establish closer international contacts and engage in cooperation. We will be organising concerts and promotional events abroad for this purpose, to raise our profile and to bring international audiences, culture tourists, to Turku. This also serves to raise awareness of Finnish music as a whole,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

The City of Turku, Visit Turku and Business Finland are also involved, and a separate info about the offering of the Turku region for tourists will be held in connection with the concerts. “I am impressed with the work that the Turku Music Festival is doing to make Turku better known abroad. Turku is a city of culture with much to offer to culture tourists,” says Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku.

Tickets to both Turku Festival Showcase concerts at Wigmore Hall in London on Saturday 4 April are on sale on the Wigmore Hall website and at the Wigmore Hall ticket office in London.

Links to concerts:

Wigmore Hall ticket office tel. +44 20 7935 2141 and e-mail The Wigmore Hall ticket office is open from 10.00 to 18.30.

Wigmore Hall:
36 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2BP

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