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Sibelius: 7 Symphonies III

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Sibelius: 7 Symphonies IIILeif Segerstam & Tapiola Sinfonietta

3 concerts, 5 hours of music, 7 giants. The symphonies of Finland's most celebrated composer will be performed in the concert hall where six of them first received their debuts. The concerts will be preceded by a talk by Professor Eero Tarasti on the music's significance to Sibelius' native country.

Tapiola Sinfonietta
Conductor Leif Segerstam

Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 5 & 6 & 7

Eero Tarasti's presentation from 18.45 to 19.15.

See symphonies 1 & 2.

See symphonies 3 & 4.

In co-operation with Helsingin yliopiston musiikkiseura, Tapiola Sinfonietta

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju / Fimic


LEIF SEGERSTAM (b. 1944) made his debut on four fronts in the early 1960s: gaining Sibelius Academy diplomas in orchestral conducting and the violin, winning the Maj Lind Piano Competition in 1962 and making his first appearance as a composer. Conducting and composing have subsequently become the main strands in his career. His conducting engagements constantly take him to concert halls and opera houses all over the world, and he is one of the most prolific composers of the present era, with over 230 symphonies alone to his name already.
In the 1960s Segerstam was Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Conductor and later Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. In the following decade he began collaborating with many of the world's great opera establishments (such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the New York Metropolitan, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna State Opera). He then returned to the Royal Opera in Stockholm, as its Chief Conductor 1995-2001.
Segerstam has also been the Chief Conductor of many symphony orchestras: the Austrian Radio Symphony 1975-82, the Finnish Radio Symphony 1977-87, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz 1983-89, the Danish Radio Symphony 1988-95 and the Helsinki Philharmonic 1995-2007. He begins as Chief Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in 2012. He has been Professor of orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy since 1997, and has been awarded many prizes and distinctions, such as the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1999.

The TAPIOLA SINFONIETTA (Espoo City Orchestra) is an orchestra of 41 players formed in 1987 on the Viennese Classical model. One of the leading Finnish orchestras, it has won international acclaim both on its many foreign tours and its more than 50 discs. It nowadays records on the BIS and Ondine labels. Its repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present and across the borders of ‘classical' music, also taking in children's music and various crossover productions. The members of the Tapiola Sinfonietta are often the orchestra's soloists and appear in chamber ensembles.
Jorma Panula and Osmo Vänskä were among the Artistic Directors of the Tapiola Sinfonietta in the early years. The Jean-Jacques Kantorow era 1993-2000 had a decisive influence on shaping the orchestra's present-day profile and he is still closely associated with the orchestra. Nowadays the Tapiola Sinfonietta does not have a regular Chief Conductor; instead, its members decide the artistic policy themselves. This season the Tapiola Sinfonietta has three Artists in Association - violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conductors Mario Venzago and Stefan Asbury - working in close partnership with them.



Fri 27.8.  19:30 


2 h, intermission


35-30 / 15 €, pensioners 32-28 €, S-benefit -4 € until 13.8.

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