Past concerts

Despite being a newcomer in the Finnish orchestral scene, the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra has performed in a wide variety of musical productions, including symphony concerts, operatic performances and foreign tours, to name just a few. On this page you can take a look the past repertoire and soloists.

Kuvat: Sofia Kangas & Aleksandra Petrova

Summer Concert Series 2020

  • Leevi Madetoja: Elegy
  • Francis Poulenc: Organ Concerto
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
soloist Irina Niskala, organ
 
 
August 5, 2020 at 7 pm
Kerava Church, Kerava
 
August 6, 2020 at 7 pm
St. Paul’s Church, Helsinki
 

August 7, 2020 at 7 pm
Espoonlahti Church, Espoo

 

Irina Niskala (s.1992) on yksi maamme urkukentän nuorimpia ammattilaisia. Hän aloitti musiikkiopintonsa pianistina 6 vuoden iässä synnyinmaassaan Venäjällä. Urkuopinnot alkoivat vasta 10 vuoden kuluttua vapaavalintaisena sivuaineena Pietarin Musorgskin musiikkiopistossa Anna Kalinkinan johdolla. Vuodesta 2013 asti hän on opiskellut urkujensoittoa ja kirkkomusiikkia Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemiassa. Keväällä 2019 hän suoritti Sibelius-Akatemian urkujensoiton A-tutkinnon Ville Urposen ja Markku Hietaharjun johdolla. Musiikin maisterin tutkinnon Irina suoritti loppuvuodesta 2019.

Irina on osallistunut lukuisille mestarikursseille Suomessa ja ulkomailla (opettajina mm. Louis Robilliard, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Arvid Gast, Ulrich Walther) ja menestynyt piano- ja urkukilpailuissa. Syyslukukauden 2018 hän vietti vaihto-opiskelijana Eastman School of Musicissa (Rochester, NY, Yhdysvallat) Nathan Laube ja William Porter opettajinaan.
 
Irina on esiintynyt solistina ja erilaisissa kokoonpanoissa Suomessa, Venäjällä, Pohjoismaissa, Baltian maissa, Etelä-Euroopassa ja Amerikassa. Hän on myös kysytty säestäjä ja on kuluneen vuoden aikana toiminut urkurina Candomini-kuoron Tuike-joululevyllä sekä oululaisen Cantio Laudiksen Rukous-levyllä. Tällä hetkellä Irina työskentelee urkurina Oulun tuomiokirkkoseurakunnassa.

I violin
Lauri Kotila (concert master), Lotta Lundsten (II principal), Zuzana Gasparova, Iitu Hakala, Salla Kakkuri, Sofia Kangas, Liisa Koivuranta, Heini Pitkänen, Maija Tiitu, Angela Todd

II violin
Elina Kivinen (principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi (II principal), Florian Borse, Leena Jämsén, Dominika Kledzik-Malkiewicz, Krista Pulkkinen, Reina Roivainen, Silja Uusitalo

Viola
Seija Pakarinen (principal), Clara Petrozzi (II principal), Risto Kytö, Raido Lill, Eeva Tenkanen, Maria Vuorinen

Cello
Sahrami Huhtala (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais (II principal), Carolina Bjon, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen, Anna Nora

Double bass
Viliina Silvonen (principal), Juho Vikman (II principal), Kari Kääriäinen, Grisell Macdonel

Timpani
Henri Lintula

Photos: Sofia Kangas

Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass Final Concert 2020

  • Borodin: Nocturne
  • Madetoja: Elegia
  • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances
  • Nielsen: Suite for Strings, Op. 1

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra string section conducted by the masterclass students: Bronwen Chan, Oi-Ching Chan, Pierre Charles, Guido Gualandi and Inka Kinnunen

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7 pm
Koskela Church

I violin
Tanja Kortman (concert master), Florian Borse, Inka Eerola, Antti Elomaa, Lotta Lundsten, Krista Pulkkinen, Pirjo Suonio

II violin
Emmi Virolainen (principal), Sofia Kangas, Josephine Moslemie, Reina Roivainen, Otto Rämö, Tsui-Shan Tu

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Risto Kytö, Seija Pakarinen, Clara Petrozzi

Cello
Carolina Bjon (principal), Tuomas Airola, Maarit Mäkinen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Juho Vikman

Rachmaninoff & Sibelius

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 Op. 63

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Alicia Ibáñez-Resjan, piano

January 10, 2020 at 7 pm
New Pavilion, Kauniainen
 
January 11, 2020 at 7 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

Alicia Ibáñez-Resjan was born in 2000 into a musical family. She started playing piano at the age of four with Meri Louhos. Alicia previously studied at the Junior Academy in Sibelius Academy with Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree with Teppo Koivisto.

Alicia has participated in numerous national Chopin events and the In Corpore Chamber Music Festival in Tallinn. In 2013, Alicia performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano concerto as a soloist with Concordia Orchestra in Turku and Helsinki under Jukka Perksalo. As a young artist she has performed at the Gradus Festival in Denmark (2014), at the Mänttä Music Festival (2015) and the Cividale Incontri di Musica Festival in Italy (2017). In the fall of 2016, Alicia performed Chopin’s music at Temple Square in honor of Poland’s Independence Day. In November 2016, Alicia performed the second part of the Saint-Saëns G minor concerto at the RSO Young Soloists’ Concert with Hannu Lintu.

Competition successes include the first prize in the Stockholm International Competition (2014), the second prize in the Finnish Steinway Competition (2016) and the Juvenalia Chamber Music Competition in the Trio Series (2017). In January 2018, Alicia received the first prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards (New York) and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall).

Flute
Jussi-Pekka Björkroth, Åsa Gustavsson, Jenny Metsälä (piccolo)

Oboe
Paula Mäkinen, Mika Weckström, Ilkka Hirvonen (English Horn)

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Julia Kontio

Bassoon
Iiro Sinisalo, Seppo Heikkinen

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Hanna Nikamaa, Ari Katajamäki

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Lukas Eckerrot

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Martti Vesola, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani
Liisa Lipas, Hanne Rintamäki

Percussion
Tuukka Dunkel, Jaakko Juntunen, Taneli Kiiskinen, Liisa Lipas, Hanne Rintamäki

Harp
Mariam Junolainen

I violin
Lauri Kotila (concert master), Eveliina Aijasaho, Florian Borse, Antti Elomaa, Salla Kakkuri, Sofia Kangas, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Angela Todd

II violin
Elina Kivinen (principal), Kaisa Bauer, Leena Jämsén, Krista Järvinen, Josephine Moslemie, Kasper Palin, Silja Uusitalo, Emmi Virolainen

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Arna Bertin, Pirita Hauta-Aho, Anni Holopainen, Juho Simola

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Sara Kuitunen, Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo

Double bass
Viivi Ypyä (principal), Eero Haimi, Jarmo Kankaanpää, Grisell Macdonel-Kvist

Photos: Jorma Airola

Mendelssohn: Elijah

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elijah Oratorio

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra
Suomen Laulu
Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Chorus master Esko Kallio

The title role performed by Juha Kotilainen, in other roles Monica Groop, Hedvig Paulig, Eero Lasorla, Elsa-Maija Helminen, Fanny Hellström, Arttu Hartikainen, Kullervo Latvanen and Veikko Vallinoja

October 26, 2019 at 6 pm

Olari Church, Espoo

October 27, 2019 at 6 pm
Kallio Church, Helsinki

Suomen Laulu perustettiin keväällä 1900 Heikki Klemetin aloitteesta silloisen suuriruhtinaskunnan edustuskuoroksi ulkomaanmatkoille. Suomen Laulu aloitti mieskuorona, mutta laajeni vuonna 1907 sekakuoroksi. Heikki Klemetti rakensi Suomen Laulun kanssa pohjaa maamme kuorokulttuurille yli neljän vuosikymmenen ajan. Klemetin jälkeen kuoroa ovat johtaneet mm. Martti Turunen, Ensti Pohjola, Seppo Murto, Chifuru Matshubara, Timo Nuoranne sekä Esko Kallio.

Suomen Laulu on tehnyt lukuisia radionauhoituksia ja levytyksiä; uusin levy, Suomen Laulun joulu, ilmestyi syksyllä 2015. Suomen Laulu oli alkuaikoinaan ratkaisevassa asemassa suomenkielisen sekakuorokulttuurin luomisessa. Ajatus julkaisusarjasta “Suomen Laulun ohjelmistoa” syntyi samaan aikaan kuin Suomen Laulun sekakuorokin, tarpeesta saada uutta suomenkielistä sekakuoro-ohjelmistoa Suomen Laulun ja samalla myös kaikkien muiden suomalaisten kuorojen käyttöön.

Viime vuosina Suomen Laulu on jälleen aktivoitunut tilaamaan ja julkaisemaan sävellyksiä. Suomen Laulun ohjelmistoa -julkaisusarjan uusin teos on keväällä 2016 kantaesityksensä saanut Lotta Wennäkosken Ilman kappaleita.

Suomen Laulu tunnetaan parhaiten jokavuotisesta, kiirastorstaina esitettävästä J.S.Bachin Matteus-passiosta Johanneksenkirkossa. Perinne alkoi jo vuonna 1921, ja siitä on muodostunut erottamaton osa niin suomenlaululaisten kuin Matteus-passioyleisön pääsiäisperinnettä. Kuorolaisen ikäkin lasketaan Matteuksissa, ja suuri osa kuorolaisista laulaa koko teoksen ulkoa.

Flute
Elias Trygg, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Janne Palkisto

Bassoon
Iiro Sinisalo, Petra Hirvonen

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Jenni Vuorinen, Ari Katajamäki, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Martti Outinen

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Martti Vesola, Carl Eklund (bass trombone)

Tuba
Tuomas Saloniemi

Timpani
Alex Agustin

Organ
Irina Niskala

Violin I
Tanja Kortman (concert master), Paula Hagman, Iitu Hakala, Leena Jämsén, Salla Kakkuri, Sofia Kangas, Lotta Lundsten, Pirjo Suonio, Julia Vasilyeva

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Kukkamari Gröndahl, Raido Lill, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Sara Suominen, Tsui-Shan Tu, Mika Weckström

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Arna Bertin, Seija Pakarinen, Eeva Tenkanen, Lea Vartiainen

Cello
Laura Iivonen-Mellais (principal), Sara Kuitunen, Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Grisell Macdonel, Ari Mansala

Photo: Emiliano Verrochio

Summer Concert Series 2019

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Soila Häkkinen, violin
 

August 1, 2019 at 7 pm
Kerava Hall, Kerava

August 2, 2019 at 7 pm
Loviisa Church, Loviisa

August 4, 2019 at 7 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

Violinist Soila Häkkinen, a soloist and orchestra and chamber musician, comes from Tuusula, Finland. She is well familiar with the orchestral scene in Finland having worked as a Concertmaster (for example Vaasa City Orchestra for the season 2014-2015) and section leader as well as a tutti musician. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Symphony, and Metropolia Orchestra, among others.

Soila completed her Master studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with professor Erich Gruenberg in 2014. During her studies there she was awarded Belmore-Woodgate Award.

Soila is interested extensively in all forms of arts. She finds cross-artistic projects combining poetry and music (Ben Okri: Distant Music of the Future, ISME 2004; Gabriel Bolanos: Everything in the World is Either a Chicken or Not a Chicken, Atlantic Music Festival 2014; Gaslighting, Värinää festival 2015, among others) have been especially memorable.

Flute
Jenny Metsälä, Sini-Inari Lehtinen, Rauha Mäkilä (piccolo)

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Ilkka Hirvonen, Karita Troberg (also English Horn)

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Janne Palkisto, Pauli Leppälä (bass clarinet)

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Lauri Lehtimäki, Marika Toivonen (contrabassoon)

Saxophone
Maaret Koskenkari

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Erno Toikka, Jenni Vuorinen, Hanna Nikamaa

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Martti Outinen, Lasse Murtomäki

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Carl Eklund, Janne Vihavainen (bass trombone)

Tuba
Matiis Kuusela

Timpani
Hanne Rintamäki, Tiia Toivanen

Percussion
Liisa Lipas, Henri Lintula, Henri Sakki, Jukka Blomroos, Tuukka Dunkel

Harp
Mariam Junolainen

Piano
Alina Sorjonen

Violin I
Lauri Kotila (concertmaster), Antti Elomaa, Iitu Hakala, Jaana Holopainen, Leena Jämsén, Sofia Kangas, Liisa Koivuranta, Tanja Kortman, Chang Liu, Reina Roivainen, Kaija Sivonen

Violin II
Janni Halme (principal), Krista Järvinen, Aada Kuoppa, Heini Pitkänen, Venla Raukola, Otto Rämö, Lumi Maarit Talvitie, Tsui-Shan Tu, Silja Uusitalo, Mika Weckström

Viola
Seija Pakarinen (principal), Arna Bertin, Helmi Lempinen, Unna Nousiainen, Clara Petrozzi, Maarit Ranta, Juho Simola, Eeva Tenkanen

Cello
Riitta Lampela (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Aino Liutu, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen, Anni Nora

Double bass
Ari Mansala (principal), Tanja Kneckt, Kari Kääriäinen, Javier Sanchez

Photos: Mika Turunen

King Charles' Hunt (opera)

  • Fredrik Pacius: King Charles’ Hunt

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Director Ville Sandqvist
Music students of Metropolia, alumni, and guest artists
Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra

Performed in Swedish, surtitled in Finnish

April 5, 2019 at 7 pm Opening night 1
April 7, 2019 at 2 pm Opening night 2
April 11, 2019 at 7 pm
April 12, 2019 at 7 pm

The Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Helsinki

Flute
Elias Trygg / Paula Muli, Ella Linnonmaa / Vilma Keikkonen

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen / Tiia Huotari, Karita Troberg / Ilkka Hirvonen

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Anni Tolvanen / Jussi Virolainen

Bassoon
Petra Hirvonen / Björn Ziessler, Antti Heikkonen / Marko Salmikangas

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Samppa Leino, Ari Katajamäki / Jenni Vuorinen

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Tom Westeren

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Jeminia Valve, Sanna Mukku / Martti Vesola

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani
Tyko Tamminen

Percussion
João Luís

Violin I
Kukka Gröndahl (concert master), Salla-Maarit Kakkuri, Juha Pietilä, Janni Halme, Reina Roivainen, Marleena Antikainen, Antti Elomaa, Lotta Määttä, Silja Raitio-Heikinheimo

Violin II
Leena Jämsén (principal), Silja Uusitalo, Iitu Hakala, Otto Rämö, Sanni Rämö, Mika Weckström

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Kaija Sivonen, Eeva Tenkanen, Maria Vuorinen, Seija Pakarinen, Arna Bertin

Cello
Riitta Lampela (principal), Sahrami Huhtala, Jyrki Messo, Matti Laaksonen

Double bass
Grisell Macdonel (principal), Javier Sanchez

Photos: Sofia Kangas

Adagietto and Requiem

  • Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op 11
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Serenade, Op. 48 in C major
  • Gustav Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
  • Gabriel Fauré: Requiem Op. 48

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra and Suomen Laulu
Jussi Vänttinen, baritone
Alexandre Goncharov Dias, boy soprano
Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Choir master Esko Kallio

March 1, 2019 at 7 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

March 3, 2019 at 6 pm
Järvenpää Church, Järvenpää

Photos: Rauha Mäkilä & Jordy Valderrama

Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass Final Concert 2019

  • Jean Sibelius: Andante Festivo
  • Jean Sibelius: Romance in C
  • Jean Sibelius: Impromptu
  • Gustav Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Serenade, Op. 48 in C major

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra string section conducted by the masterclass students: William Cabison, Janne Huttunen, Bridget Kinneary and Naoki Toyomura

February 22, 2019 at 7 pm
Koskela Church, Helsinki

Violin I
Tanja Kortman (concert master), Leena Jämsén, Reina Roivainen, Elina Salin, Iitu Hakala, Antti Elomaa

Violin II
Maija Tiitu (principal), Otto Rämö, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Tuula Lappalainen, Sofia Kangas

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Seija Pakarinen, Marina Vintskovskaja, Kaija Sivonen, Risto Kytö

Cello
Heidi Rehnberg (principal), Maarit Mäkinen, Katariina Järvi

Double bass
Henrica Fagerlund

Harp
Mariam Junolainen

Photos: Alina Sorjonen

Emma Gala Music Awards

With Anssi Kela, the band, and EMO Ensemble

February 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

Photo: Jordy Valderrama

Recording (non-public)

A recording session for a private client

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä

January 19, 2019
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

 

Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Epiphany concert

  • Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
  • Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Concerto, 4th movement
  • Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus, Overture
  • Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka
  • Zheng Lu and Ma Hongye: Beijing Good news
  • Joseph Koo: The Bund, Shanghai
  • Hans Christian Lumbye: Champagne Galop

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Alina Sorjonen, piano

January 8, 2019 at 7 pm
The Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Helsinki

Photos: Erno Toikka & Alina Sorjonen

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra China tour

  • Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, 1st movement
  • Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
  • Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Concerto, 4th movement
  • Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus, Overture
  • Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka
  • Hans Christian Lumbye: Champagne Galop
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Swan Lake, Op. 20
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
  • Li Wenping (arr.): Jasmine Flower, Chinese Folk Song
  • Johann Strauss II: Banditen-Galopp, Op. 378
  • Joseph Koo: The Bund, Shanghai
  • Zheng Lu and Ma Hongye: Beijing Good news
  • Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau
  • Johann Strauss I: Radetzky March, Op. 228

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
soloist Alina Sorjonen, piano

December 24, 2018 Taicang
December 26, 2018 Yinchuan
December 27, 2018 Jinchang
December 29, 2018 Xi’an
December 30, 2018 Jiaxing
December 31, 2018 Cixi
January 1, 2019 Zhoushan Island
January 2, 2019 Maanshan
January 3, 2019 Shanghai

St. Petersburg-born Alina Sorjonen started her first piano studies at an early age, first with the guidance of her mother, later as a training student of St. Petersburg’s state Conservatory. In 1991, she moved to Finland together with her family and continued studies up to professional level. Graduating from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2009, Alina has studied as well in Sibelius Academy, Graz University for Music and Performing Arts and Tallinn Academy of Music and Theater.

Her teachers have been Valeria Resjan, Carlos and Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris, Evgeny Gashkov, Annamaria Bodoky-Krause and Sten Lassmann. During the studies Alina has been awarded scholarships as recognition of success as a performer. Her collaboration with other musicians have been taking her to perform as a soloist, but also as chamber musician across Europe.

Flute
Elias Trygg, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Anni Tolvanen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Sami Perkiö

Horn
Lauri Purhonen, Hanna Nikamaa, Erno Toikka, Venla Ulmala

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Tom Westeren, Lukas Eckerrot

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Heikki Vesala, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani/percussion
Liisa Lipas, Patrik Kiviniemi, João Luis

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Tanja Kortman, Elina Salin, Juliana Pöyry, Ilta Attila, Henrik Vähätalo, Marco Elefante, Lilja Rasimus, Tuuli Meurman, Leena Jämsén

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Silja Uusitalo, Heini Pitkänen, Janni Halme, Sanni Rämö, Iitu Hakala, Otto Rämö

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Raido Lill, Clara Petrozzi, Anni Holopainen, Lea Vartiainen

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Tatu Ahola, Jyrki Messo

Double bass
Henrica Fagerlund (principal), Grisell McDonell, Akseli Porkkala, Ari Mansala

Symphony Concert (private concert)

  • Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Swan Lake, Op. 20
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, 1st movement
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker, Op. 71
  • Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau
  • Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Alina Sorjonen, piano

December 17, 2018 at 6 pm
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

Photos: Harri Salonen & Mika Turunen

Symphony Concert

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Tuomas Kivistö, piano

October 11, 2018 at 7 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

Classical pianist Tuomas Kivistö has studied at the Sibelius Academy, Chicago College of Performing Arts and Indiana University in Bloomington. Most recently he has studied with Liisa Pohjola and Menahem Pressler.

Kivistö pursued his Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy and his Performer diploma at Indiana University in 2012. Currently he is pursuing a Doctoral degree at the Sibelius Acedemy’s DocMus doctoral school with the topic of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano music.

Tuomas Kivistö has received grants for his artistic work from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation and Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Flute
Ella Linnonmaa, Janika Ikonen, Rauha Mäkilä (also piccolo)

Oboe
Karita Troberg, Katariina Mäkilä, Aino Porra (also English horn)

Clarinet
Jussi Virolainen, Julia Kontio

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Marko Salmikangas

Horn
Otto Kenetti, Marja Järvi, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Erno Toikka

Trumpet
Lukas Eckerrot, Matīss Smiltins

Trombone
Martti Vesola, Aksel Kiviniemi, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Samppa Leino

Timpani/percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Jarmo Lahtiranta, Samuli Vehkavaara

Harp
Maaria Pulakka

Violin I
Anna-Maria Huohvanainen (concertmaster), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa Antti Hosio, Leena Jämsén, Josefiina Paasonen, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen, Maria Salminen, Olga Sidorova, Venla Suni, Päivi Valjakka-Salminen, Henrik Vähätalo

Violin II
Saaga Sihvola (principal), Katja Barilova, Inka Eerola, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Lotta Ilonen, Salla-Maarit Kakkuri, Heini Pitkänen, Elina Salin, Silja Uusitalo

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Anni Holopainen, Risto Kytö, Seija Pakarinen, Kaija Sivonen, Eeva Tenkanen, Lea Vartiainen, Marina Vintskovskaja

Cello
Laura Iivonen-Mellais (principal), Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Anni Nora, Henriikka Pentti, Heidi Rehnberg

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Sami Jaakkola, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Upper photo: Jaakko Paarvala

Summer Concert Series 2018

  • Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 27

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Jukka Merjanen, violin

August 23, 2018 at 7 pm
Porvoo Cathedral, Porvoo

August 24, 2018 at 7 pm
Kerava Hall, Kerava

August 25, 2018 at 7 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

 

Jukka Merjanen (born in 1974) started playing violin at the age of four. He later continued his studies at Edsbergs Music Institute in Stockholm, as well as in the Sibelius Academy where he made his violin diploma with highest honors and became also Master of Music in 2001.

Ever since 1998 when he won his first permanent orchestral job as a first violin player in the Helsinki Philharmonic, he’s also been a regular performer as a soloist and chamber musician in Finland and abroad.

Merjanen worked for three years in one of the world’s leading orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster of the orchestra after a succesful audition and trial period in February 2004.

After returning back in Finland Merjanen has been a regular guest concertmaster of several Finnish orchestras, such as Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, and has also been in leading positions in several other major Scandinavian orchestras.

Ever since August 2012 Merjanen has worked as a permanent concertmaster of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. He plays with an Andrea Guarneri 1678 violin, owned by a private person.

Along with a busy performing career, Merjanen has also founded a new music festival which started in July 2014. Southeastern Finland Chamber Music has a very high level of Finnish and international performers. Merjanen is the Artistic Director of the festival and also performs there regularly.

Flute
Ella Linnonmaa, Janika Ikonen, Rauha Mäkilä

Oboe / English Horn
Karita Troberg, Iiris Särkilahti, Tiia Huotari

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen, Ilkka Teerijoki

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Petra Hirvonen

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Lauri Purhonen, Ilkka Ruskeepää, Erno Toikka

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Lukas Eckerrot, Maria Helena Vieira

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Martti Vesola, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Timpani
Hanne Rintamäki, João Luís

Percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Liisa Lipas, Eetu Paljakka

Violin I
Tanja Kortman (concertmaster), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa, Leena Jämsen, Liisa Koivuranta, Aada Kuoppa, Tuula Lappalainen, Juliana Pöyry, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen, Venla Saavalainen

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Salla Ahokanto, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Krista Järvinen, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Heini Pitkänen, Sanni Rämö, Silja Uusitalo

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Risto Kytö, Raido Lill, Nemo Mannermaa, Clara Petrozzi, Lea Vartiainen, Marina Vintskovskaja

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Tatu Ahola, Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Riitta Lampela, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Eero Haimi, Malla Lounasheimo, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Rigoletto (opera)

  • Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

Director Ville Saukkonen
Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Set design Reeta Tuoresmäki
Costume design Pia Lasonen

Duke of Mantua – tenor Matias Haakana
Rigoletto – baritone Samuli Takkula
Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter – soprano Alina Koivula
Maddalena – mezzo Elisabet Petsalo
Sparafucile – bass Visa Kohva
Countess Ceprano – soprano Annika Leino
Count Ceprano, nobleman – bass Aku Rantama
Count Monterone – baritone Henri Uusitalo
Matteo Borsa, a courtier – tenor Olli Tikkanen
Marullo, a courtier – baritone Tiitus Ylipää
Giovanna, Gilda’s nurse – mezzo Irina Nuutinen
Dutchess’ servant – soprano Johanna Takalo

Production Opera BOX

Performed in Italian, surtitles in Finnish

May 26, 2018 at 7 pm
Aleksanterin teatteri, Helsinki

May 27, 2018 at 4 pm
Aleksanterin teatteri, Helsinki

Flute
Elias Trygg, Luisa Marchegiani

Oboe / English Horn
Hilla Mäkinen, Karita Troberg

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Marko Salmikangas

Horn
Lauri Purhonen, Venla Ulmala, Hanna Nikamaa, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Antti Joki, Mika Turunen

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Lotta Hirvonen, Martti Vesola

Tuba
Samuli Rask

Timpani
João Luís Lopes

Percussion
Patrik Kiviniemi

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Tanja Kortman, Marco Elefante, Reina Roivainen, Heini Pitkänen, Raido Lill

Violin II
Elina Kivinen (principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Venla Suni, Inka Eerola

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Kaija Sivonen, Jani Suominen

Cello
Tatu Ahola (principal), Jyrki Messo, Mika Seppänen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Sami Jaakkola

Photos: Rauha Mäkilä

Sasha Mäkilä Conducting Masterclass Final Concert 2018

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute overture
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 “Reformation”

Conducted by the masterclass students: Mika Seppänen, Vanja Ljubibratić, Dimitri Soudoplatoff, Michael Flaschberger, Sanna Mansikkaniemi, Kirill Kozlovksi, Hans-Otto Ehrström, Espen Myklebust Olsen ja Tiina Kaukinen

Soloist Kirill Kozlovski, piano

February 23, 2018 at 7 pm
The Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Helsinki

Flute
Kathy Weidenfeller, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Karita Troberg, Iiris Särkilahti

Clarinet
Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Alan Davidson

Horn
Ilkka Ruskeepää, Ari Katajamäki

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Anssi Autio

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Sanna Mukku, Yvonne Häkkinen

Timpani
João Luís Lopes

Violin I
Sebastian Silén (concertmaster), Lotta Ilonen, Leena Jämsen, Tanja Kortman, Raido Lill, Elina Salin, Venla Suni

Violin II
Sanna Mansikkaniemi (principal), Antti Elomaa, Janni Halme, Iitu Hakala, Ida-Maria Raudasoja, Reina Roivainen

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Anni Holopainen, Kaija Sivonen, Jani Suominen

Cello
Tatu Ahola (principal), Jyrki Messo, Mika Seppänen

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Eero Haimi, Grisell Macdonel, Viliina Silvonen

Photos: Mia Johansson & Jorma Airola

Symphony Concert

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Alina Sorjonen, piano

January 3, 2018 at 7 pm
The Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Helsinki

December 29, 2017 at 7 pm
Uusi Paviljonki, Kauniainen

Flute
Elias Trygg, Åsa Gustavsson, Ella Linnonmaa

Oboe
Karita Matilda Troberg, Kseniya Sitnikova

Clarinet
Martina Jalonen, Csilla Firon, Jyri Nissilä

Bassoon
Seppo Heikkinen, Sami Perkiö

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Venla Ulmala, Eveliina Aijasaho, Keijo Liski

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Antti Joki, Tom Westeren

Trombone
Erkki Hautala, Martti Vesola, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Timpani
Liisa Lipas

Percussion
Patrik Kiviniemi, Hanne Rintamäki

Violin I
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Marco Elefante, Leena Jämsen, Emma Kaakko, Maria Kitaeva, Pauliina Lehtinen, Yu-Rou Li, Jenna Ollikainen, Jenni Ollikainen, Krista Pulkkinen De Espinosa, Juliana Pöyry, Kirsi Ruotsala, Elina Salin, Maria Salminen, Pirjo Suonio

Violin II
Heidi Åberg-Ylivaara (1st principal), Sanna Mansikkaniemi (2nd principal), Ilta Attila, Antti Elomaa, Iitu Hakala, Janni Halme, Lotta Ilonen, Chang Liu, Heini Pitkänen, Reina Roivainen, Otto Rämö, Ester Sundström, Henrik Vähätalo

Viola
Matti Lindholm (principal), Anni Holopainen (principal), Lila Arha, Ekhart Georgi, Suvi Kurki-Suonio, Risto Kytö, Raido Lill, Unna Nousiainen, Kaija Sivonen, Jani Suominen

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Tatu Ahola, Eero Forstén, Laura Iivonen-Mellais, Jyrki Messo, Maarit Mäkinen, Jenni Witick

Double bass
Kari Kääriäinen (principal), Tuomas Ertz, Eero Haimi, Grisell Macdonel, Juho Vikman

Lower photo: Taku Suzuki

Symphony Concert

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Alina Sorjonen, piano

July 21, 2017 at 6 pm
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

St. Petersburg-born Alina Sorjonen started her first piano studies at an early age, first with the guidance of her mother, later as a training student of St. Petersburg’s state Conservatory. In 1991, she moved to Finland together with her family and continued studies up to professional level. Graduating from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2009, Alina has studied as well in Sibelius Academy, Graz University for Music and Performing Arts and Tallinn Academy of Music and Theater.

Her teachers have been Valeria Resjan, Carlos and Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris, Evgeny Gashkov, Annamaria Bodoky-Krause and Sten Lassmann. During the studies Alina has been awarded scholarships as recognition of success as a performer. Her collaboration with other musicians have been taking her to perform as a soloist, but also as chamber musician across Europe.

Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä is currently Artistic Director of the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra. In a short period of time Mäkilä has made a name for himself as a versatile artist with a broad repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. His conducting career has taken him to four continents and to major ensembles, such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre.

Mäkilä has performed at prestigious music festivals such as the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Gergiev Festival Mikkeli, and Pyeongchang Music Festival, and regularly collaborates with world class soloists such as Vadim Repin, Kyung-Wha Chung and Jian Wang.

Originally a cellist, Sasha Mäkilä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). After completing a three-year tenure at Orchestre National de France as maestro Kurt Masur’s assistant he was nominated a Conducting Fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. Mäkilä is a prizewinner of the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition (USA, 2006), and in 2013 the University of Helsinki presented him with the Pacius Award for his contributions to Finnish musical life.

During the season 2018-2019 Sasha Mäkilä will conduct his debut at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and return to Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He will take the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra on tours in Finland and in China, and conduct the opera premieres of Pacius’ Kung Karls Jakt and Rautavaara’s Auringon talo in Helsinki.

Flute
Elias Trygg, Åsa-Maria Gustavsson

Oboe
Juuli Markkanen, Tuomas Tenkanen

Clarinet
Jussi Virolainen, Janne Koskinen, Csilla Firon, Martina Jalonen

Bassoon
Marika Toivonen, Seppo Heikkinen

Horn
Hanna Nikamaa, Mari Tirkkonen, Maria Kurunsaari, Ilkka Ruskeepää

Trumpet
Mika Turunen, Antti Joki, Tom Westeren

Trombone
Joni Taskinen, Henrik Kolehmainen, Janne Vihavainen

Tuba
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Harp
Katri Tikka

Percussion
Hanne Rintamäki, Patrik Kiviniemi

Timpani
Liisa Lipas

Violin
Soila Häkkinen (concertmaster), Sanna Mansikkaniemi (principal), Iitu Hakala, Mari Juntunen, Veera Kuusirati, Tuula Lappalainen, Pauliina Lehtinen, Chang Liu, Tuuli Meurman, Meelis Milli, Katri Mustonen, Noora Nietosvuori, Heini Pitkänen, Otto Rämö, Lilja Rasimus, Riia Rislakki, Reina Roivainen, Kirsi Ruotsala, Eeva Sasaki, Ina Söderlund, Pirjo Suonio, Aada Toivettula, Eeva Vesamäki

Viola
Unna Nousiainen (principal), Teemu Ahmaniemi, Anni Holopainen, Kara Koskinen, Matti Lindholm, Lea Vartiainen, Mária Vojtovičová

Cello
Tuure Paalanen (principal), Eero Forstén, Anna-Stiina Klemetti, Maarit Mäkinen, Pieta Mattila, Jyrki Messo, Josi Purhonen, Tatu Ahola

Double bass
Helka Seppälä (principal), Henrica Fagerlund, Kari Kääriäinen, Vilhelm Karlsson