Turku music festival presents: Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Sakari Oramo

Hommage à Paavo Berglund

TURKU MUSIC FESTIVAL continues its series of visits by distinguished international orchestras with the arrival of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, founded in 1981. Declared the “best in the world” by the BBC in 2011, it is an ensemble formed of top-rank European soloists. Among all the complete recordings of the cycle of Sibelius symphonies, that is one that generally recognised as being a cut above: the recording made by Paavo Berglund (1928–2012) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1998. The Festival wishes to make a somewhat unusual contribution to the Sibelius anniversary year and also to celebrate the life’s work of our most prominent conductor of Sibelius, Paavo Berglund. The orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo present these concerts as a tribute and homage to the great maestro.

ErityistaThe idea for this project comes from a plan that the late
Paavo Berglund, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the
Turku Music Festival worked on before the great conductor
passed away. When asked to take over, I was honoured and
exhilarated. Working with the COE has been one of the happiest
memories in my career, and being able to take an ”in depth”
plunge into Sibelius with them is a dream come true. -Sakari Oramo



Chamber Orchestra of Europe

→ Thu 8.8. 7 pm Turku Concert Hall
→ Sat 8.8. 7 pm Turku Concert Hall

Turku music festival has published the 2014 program!

Turku music festival has published the program for 2014.

The whole program is viewable HERE

You can download the brochure here:

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The press release can be downloaded below:

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Turku Music Festival and DBTL start cooperation

Turku Music Festival and DBTL -city festival will begin a collaboration in the upcoming spring with joint ventures in content, marketing, advertising and joint-productions. The cooperation will be perennial and both promoters are excited about expanding the collaboration.

Turku Music Festival and DBTL are nationally significant events and both events are Finland’s oldest in their respected genres. “DBTL is one of most important summer festivals in Finland and Turku Music Festival is proud to start collaborating with another strong promoter from Turku”

There are plenty of terrific summer events in Turku, that have well-established dates and audiences. Turku Music festival and DBTL have noticed that they need each other. Together the possibilities of national and local marketing are greatly improved and both parties can benefit from each others partners. This cooperation makes producing even bigger and more spectacular events possible and broadens the nationwide visibility of both events.

The first joint production will happen already this summer at The Night of the Arts with a candle lit concert at the Turku Cathedral where Indica will perform acoustically. Indica is finnish mystic romantic pop rock group that was formed in 2001. Indica has sold platinum and gold with their previous records and will publish their new Finnish sung album Akvaario and simultaneously their English album Shine.
Tickets to the concert will be sold by Lippupalvelu.fi and ticket sales start Thursday 23rd of January.

More information:

Pasi Tamminen 0400 860 446, pasi@happening.fi

Liisa Ketomäki 040 740 6200, liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi


German world-class tenor Jonas Kaufmann to star Turku Music Festival’s Head Start concert

Turku Music Festival is very proud to welcome the world-class tenor Jonas Kaufmann for his long-awaited Finnish debut on the 11th of July 2014 at 7 pm at the Turku Concert Hall, a concert of some the most beloved opera arias. Accompanying him will be the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under the direction of maestro Jochen Rieder. This is definitely an event not to miss.

“We are extremely happy to be able to offer this unique concert experience to our audience”, says Liisa Ketomäki the executive director for Turku Music Festival. “Negotiations for this concert began over a year ago. The recognition of Turku Music Festival is on the rise internationally and previous performances from renowned artist such as tenor Rolando Villazón and soprano Natalie Dessay in 2012 and 2013 have surely added to the appeal of our festival.”

Tickets for the Head Start concert will go on sale Monday 20th of January 2014 at 11.00 am from Lippupalvelu. The programme for Turku Music Festival 2014 will published 6th of February.


Aulis Sallinen’s premieré performance of Preludes and Fugues has been switched to Hämeenlinna on the 2nd of February 2014

Turku Music Festival’s next concert is the opening concert Katedraali Soi! for the church music week in Turku Cathedral on the 3rd of February 2014 at 7pm. The concert is held in collaboration with the Turku Cathedral Parish Union. There will performances by bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo and organ artist Ilpo Laspas. The program will consist of works by Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Vesa Erkkilä, Toivo Kuula, Jean Sibelius, Oskari Merikanto, Joonas Kokkonen.

Contrary to previous information the premiere performance of Aulis Sallinen’s Prelude and Fugues for organs will be held in Hämeenlinna at the Sibelius Celebrations Festival on Sunday 2nd of February at 3 pm. Additional information about the concert: http://www.sib.fi/kirkossa-kajahtaa/

More information and interview requests

Executive Director Liisa Ketomäki tel: +35840 740 6200 & 02-2620814, email liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi

President Sauli Niinistö becomes Patron of the Turku Music Festival.

President Sauli Niinistö has agreed to become Patron of the Turku Music Festival for the duration of this term.