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 82 concerts with 41 orchestral programs, concentrating on Finnish and Russian music, basic classical repertoire and contemporary works.