Mäkelä meets Leonidas Kavakos


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The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.

The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!

The first radio orchestra was formed in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. Since then, the orchestra’s concerts have always been broadcast by the Swedish Radio. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967.

Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished chief conductors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed conductors laureate together with Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.

Klaus Mäkelä is Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since the 2018–2019 season. Starting autumn 2020, he will be Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also Artist in Association of the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival.

In the 2019–2020 season, he made his first appearance with the NDR Elbphilharmonie, Münchner Philharmoniker, Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and London Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He also returned to orchestras such as Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Mäkelä made his operatic debut at the Finnish National Opera conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino. He is also an acclaimed cello soloist who has performed with Finnish orchestras such as the Lahti and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras as well as appearing at many Finnish festivals including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Naantali Music Festival. He plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1698, kindly made available by the OP Art Foundation. In 2019, he was awarded the Finland Prize for his contributions to Finnish art and culture.

Concert length: 1 h 50 min incl. intermission