Sointukatu 1
FI-50100 Mikkeli

Artists in Association
Erkki Lasonpalo
Daniel Raiskin

General Manager
Jaakko Antila
+358 40 129 4938

Jukka Mäkelä
+358 40 129 4147

Orchestra Secretary
Anu Pettinen
+358 44 794 5711

Founded 1903
(municipalized 1990)

Size 12 musicians

Concert venues
Concert and Congress House Mikaeli:
Martti Talvela Hall,
694 seats


St. Michel Strings

St. Michel Strings, based in the city of Mikkeli in eastern Finland, is a professional string ensemble of 12 full time musicians. St. Michel Strings dates back to 1903, when a small town of only a few thousand residents had a local music association that founded an orchestra. The ensemble had far higher aspirations than its amateur status. It eventually became a full time professional ensemble, and in 1990 became one of the cultural organizations publicly funded by the city of Mikkeli. Conductors Erkki Lasonpalo and Daniel Raiskin have acted as the orchestra's artistic partners since autumn 2017.

St. Michel Strings has won acclaim for its innovative programming of works for strings and has also become known for its eagerness to collaborate with young composers from Finland and abroad. In order to diversify its concert offerings, St. Michel Strings engages in numerous other partnerships as well, regularly performing joint concerts with other ensembles. The chamber configuration of the ensemble allows for easy mobility while still providing a full and authentic concert experience, sometimes even without a conductor.

Among its recent accomplishments, St. Michel Strings participated in the prestigious Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea in summer 2013, and its recording Adagio, conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer José Serebrier, got Latin Grammy Award nomination. Recently St. Michel Strings has collaborated with soloists such as violinist Zia Hyunsu Shin, cellist Jian Wang and pianist Olli Mustonen. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius included St. Michel String’s tour in South Korea and China in March 2015 with Sibelius’ music.


Date Concert Place and time
Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesteri
Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Saimaa Sinfonietta
Erkki Lasonpalo
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Pianokonsertto nro 5 Es-duuri op. 73, 37'
Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia nro 4 A-duuri op. 90 "Italialainen", 27'
Liput 30 € / 21 €

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesteri
Saimaa Sinfonietta - Keisarikonsertto
Erkki Lasonpalo
Juho Pohjonen
Ludwig van Beethoven: Pianokonsertto nro 5 Es-duuri op. 73 "Keisari", 37’
Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia A-duuri op. 90 ”Italialainen”, 27’
Liput: 27,50/25,50/10,00 €
Martti Talvela-sali, Mikaeli

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Daniel Raiskin
Vapaa pääsy
Kauppakeskus Stella, Mikkeli

Year   Publisher
2012 St. Michel Strings
Adagio - José Serebrier
José Serebrier
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento
Cristina Spinei: Synched
Elliot Carter: Elegy
Marc Satterwhite: Ossuary Cross
Leevi Madetoja: Elegia op. 4/1
José Serebrier: Adagio
Joaquín Turina: La oracíon del torero
Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi
Alba ABCD 341
2011 St. Michel Strings

José Serebrier
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento
Christina Spinei: Synched
Elliot Carter: Elegy
Marc Satterwhite: Ossuary Cross
Clark McAlister: Aquae Sulis
Leevi Madetoja: Elegia, op. 4/1 (1909)
José Serebrier: Adagio
Joaquín Turina: La oración del torero, op. 34 (1925)
Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi

Alba ABCD 341
2009 St. Michel Strings
Petri Komulainen
Jan Lehtola, urut
Naji Hakim:
Påskeblomst for strings
Concerto 1 for Organ and Strings
Esquisses Grégoriennes
Concerto 3 for Organ and Strings
Alba ABCD 285
2009 St. Michel Strings
Erkki Palola, konserttimestari
Musica Fennica
Robert Kajanus: Suite ancienne F major, Berceuse
Lauri Saikkola: Tripartita, Musica per archi
Armas Launis: Suite nordique pour violon et cordes
Alba ABCD 274
2008 St. Michel Strings
Vellu Halkosalmi, joht. & sovitus orkesterille
Kauko Röyhkä, laulu
Kauko Röyhkä:
Paskakaupunki, Observatorion Mäkelä, Lauralle, Kevät, Kukaan ei halua mua, Paha maa, Pähkinäpuu
Ranka Recordings RA 155-177722-3
2007 St. Michel Strings
Daniel Raiskin
Risto Lauriala, piano
Bloch & Busoni
Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso no. 1 for piano and string orchestra
Bloch: Concerto Grosso no. 2 for string orch. and string quartet
Ferruccio Busoni: Concerto for piano and string orch. in D-minor op. 17
Busoni: Berceuse (Elegy no. 7)
Alba 6417513102345
2005 St. Michel Strings
Leif Segerstam, piano
Raija Kerppo, piano
Erkki Palola, viulu
Segerstam Live Concert Recordings
Leif Segerstam:
Recycling recyclings for violin and piano
String Quartet no 30 “Iku-noituuksia”, versio jousiorkesterille
Moving Mental Stillebens no 2 kahdelle pianolle ja jousiorkesterille
HT-Intendent Oy HTINT 00001
2002 St. Michel Strings
Tadeusz Wicherek
St. Michel Strings in Poland with Tadeusz Wicherek
Bacewicz: Konsertto jousille
Karlowicz: Serenadi jousiorkesterille op. 2
Matuszewski: Seitsemän kuvaa Puolasta
Twardowski: Vanhapuolalainen konsertto
Alba ABCD 173
1993 St. Michel Strings
Eric-Olof Söderström
Cristina Anghelescu, viulu
Hannu Pätynen, trumpetti 
Giuseppe Torelli: Konsertto trumpetille, jousille ja  con­tinuol­le D
Felix Mendelssohn: Konsertto viululle ja jousille d
Jean Sibelius: Suite champetre