The Nordic Orchestra Conference in Tampere, Finland

The Nordic Orchestra Conference will be held in Tampere in September 25-27, 2008. All the orchestra managers and other representatives of Nordic and this time also Baltic orchestras are warmly welcome to take part to the conference. We will concentrate to orchestra audience research and marketing questions, discuss about Nordic and Baltic cooperation in orchestra field, we can learn interesting visions about new technics, music and mobility from Nokia's and orchestras' point of view. We will hear the latest news concerning the Helsinki Music Centre, we will talk about art and music itself and we are going to think together about musicians ageing and flexibility in orchestras - and many other interesting questions. All our speakers are highly appreciated specialists.

Beside deep talks we can enjoy listening a wonderful concert of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Okko Kamu, visit exciting sites and delight "social life" together with this wonderful common orchestral "family". Welcome!

The concefernce sessions will be held on Thursday the 25th andFriday the 26th in Hotel Scandic Tampere City (that is also our official conference hotel with negotiated room prices) and on Saturday 27th September in Tampere Hall.


Nordic Orchestra Conference in September 25-27th, 2008
Tampere, Finland

The official conference languge is English. Slight program changes are possible.


17.00 Working group meeting in Hotel Scandic Tampere City

THURSDAY Hotel Scandic Tampere City

12.00 Registration
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Welcome 
* Maritta Hirvonen, General Manager of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
* Kalevi Aho, Chairperson of the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras
* Country reports (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)
15.30 Coffee break

16.00 "Can (orchestral) music predict our future?"
Phil.D Juha Torvinen

16.45 "Symphonic music undoubtedly stands for something really needed - why is it then so difficult to make people understand this, not to talk about understanding the music itself?"
Composer in Residence Jouni Kaipainen

18.00 Promenad from hotel to Restaurant Plevna, Siberia (eftermiddagsöl with s special Tampere black snack)
19.30 Museum Centre Vapriikki1;
From factory to museum
Dance Theatre Minimi, Absolut Finland
1) The Swedish word ‘fabrik’ became the Finnish ‘vapriikki’ in the last century, and the museum centre was named Vapriikki to emphasise the significance of its location in Finnish industrial history.

FRIDAY Hotel Scandic Tampere City

9.00 Malmö Report – Performing Arts and New Technics
Sture Carlsson, Managing Director, Swedish Performing Arts
Trond Okkelmo, Special Adviser, Association of Norwegian Theatres and Orchestras

10.00 Effective Branding
David Snead, Director of Marketing, New York Philharmonics
Kate Prescott, President of Prescott Associates(strategic marketing and research company)
12.00 Lunch

13.15 The future of Nordic cooperation
Jan-Erik Enestam, Director of the Secretariat of the Nordic Council

14.15 Visions of the future of mobility and music
Jyri Huopaniemi
Director, Media Laboratory, Nokia Research Center

15.15 Coffee break
15.45 Digital NYPH
David Snead, Director of Marketing, New York Philharmonics
16.30 classicLive
Tuomas Kinberg, General Manager, Sinfonia Lahti
17.00 Discussion – about the afternoon themes

18.00 Drink and snack , Tampere Hall
with Aulis Sallinen, the Composer
19.00 Tampere Filharmonia
Okko Kamu, dir.
Tommi Aalto, viola, Christoffer Sundqvist, clarinet
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor Op.104
Aulis Sallinen: Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra Op. 91
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

21.30 Tampere Old Town Hall

SATURDAY Tampere Hall – Chamber Music Hall

09.30 Musicians salaries and working conditions
Björn Karlsson, Head Legal Adviser, Svensk Scenkonst

 10.30 Helsinki Music Centre: Building more than a building
Helena Hiilivirta, director

10.45 Why musicians do not age?
Dr. Antti Hervonen, Professor of Gerontology
Panel discussion - Key words: ageing musicians, age discrimination, flexibility, retirement
Chairman: Risto Aakko, Head of Chorus and Orchestra Department, The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera

12.30 Lunch
13.30 Jouni Kaipainen: Luminoso
Jarmo Hyväkkö, clarinet, Jaana Haanterä, violin, Maija Juuti, cello, Tuomas Turriago, piano

13.45 Tendencies in Orchestral Policy in EU
Géza Kovács, Managing Director
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
Member of the executive committee of Pearle*

14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Baltic Country reports
15.30 Welcome to Copenhagen

Gordon Alsing, Chief Administrator, DR Ensembles
Danish National Symphony Orchestra

16.00 A drink and tour in Tampere Hall - Host Jarmo Hakkarainen, Program Manager
18.00- Leaving to the evening party, Restaurant Rustholli by Lakeside Näsijärvi
24.00 Bus transportation from/to the hotel

Hemåt / Kotiin / Back home!

Special thanks: The City of Tampere, The US Embassy Helsinki, Tampere Hall

Suomen Sinfoniaorkesterit ry / Finlands symfoniorkestrar rf
Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras, Temppelikatu 3-5 A 5 Helsinki, Finland
tel +358-9-2709 1411, email: info[at]

Scandic Hotel Tampere City, Hämeenkatu 1 , Tampere, FInland
tel +358 (0)3 2446111, fax: +358 (0)3 24462211
email: tamperecity[at]


There are several direct flights from Nordic/Baltic cities to Tampere.

Transport information from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere:

You can take an express bus from the airport to Tampere with one change in Keimola or you can take a taxi or bus to Helsinki City Centre or to TIKKURILA railwaystation.

You will find the train schedules  in English and på svenska from HERE  and the bus information to Tikkurila (the same train leaves 14-21 minutes before Tikkurila from  the Helsinki city centre) HERE   or HERE.

The long distance bus connections from the airport to Tampere, you can find HERE .

If you have a flight to Tampere, from the Tampere-Pirkkala airport it's better take a taxi to the hotel, it takes 10-15 minutes.

The conference hotel is just in front of the railway station and about 10 minutes walk from the bus station.

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