Vivo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1986, the Vivo Symphony Orchestra is a philharmonic orchestra of young players from all over Finland. Their average age is 18, ranging from 14 to 23. The majority of the players are in senior high school or are full-time music students for whom Vivo is an opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and orchestral experience required in various musical professions. The Artistic Director is conductor Esa Heikkilä.
The orchestra meets for concentrated periods before concerts, each player being sent the music to practise about one month beforehand. During the pre-concert sessions the players attend both tutti rehearsals and sectionals led by front-line professional Finnish musicians.
Vivo’s repertoire covers all types of orchestral music from symphonies and operas right up to tangos and film melodies arranged for symphony orchestra. The emphasis is, however, firmly on the great symphonies and tone poems (by such composers as Sibelius, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mahler and Bruckner).
The Vivo Symphony Orchestra has been on tour to Hungary, Georgia, Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and twice to Germany.