The Sinfonietta Lentua
Orchestra was founded to perform at the turn of the millennium festivities in
Kuhmo. In the first years of its existence, it entered into the special course
actions of the Kuhmo Music School. Since 2005, the orchestra has operated as an
independent artistic unit, serving concert-going public around the Kainuu
region, providing a professional training environment for musical students and
a pedagogically rewarding challenge for young instrumentalists in Kainuu.
The artistic director of the orchestra is conductor Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, the initiator of the orchestra.
The basic idea was, and still is, to build up an orchestra by means of co-operation with the Petrozavodsk StateMusic Academy in the Russian Republic of Karelia. Half of the musicians come from Kuhmo or the Kainuu region and the other half from Petrozavodsk. To our knowledge, the Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world operating steadily over the national border.
So far, the Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra has given a total of 91 concerts with 45 orchestral programs, concentrating on Finnish and Russian music, basic classical repertoire and contemporary works.