Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the first professional symphony orchestra to be founded in the Nordic countries (1882), has been operating without a break for 135 years. It has grown from a band of 36 players to an orchestra of 102 regular members giving concerts attended by a total audience of a good 100,000 a year at the Helsinki Music Centre and abroad.

Between 1892 and 1923 the HPO gave the first performances of almost all the symphonic works by Jean Sibelius with the composer himself conducting. The HPO’s founder and first Chief Conductor Robert Kajanus was succeeded by Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, John Storgårds and other conductors of note. Conductor Susanna Mälkki was appointed the next Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2014. She begun in her position as Chief Conductor in autumn 2016 and continues until spring 2021.

Works by Sibelius and Rautavaara have featured on the highly-acclaimed discs made by the HPO. The disc of songs by Sibelius, featuring soprano Soile Isokoski and Leif Segerstam, was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award in Cannes in 2007, and Towards the Horizon, disc containing music by Einojuhani Rautavaara under the baton of John Storgårds, the Gramophone Award in 2012.

Wed
19.12.2018
19:00
Musiikkitalo

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri
Oodi ilolle

Eva Ollikainen
Hanna-Leena Haapamäki, sopraano
Merja Mäkelä, mezzosopraano
Mika Pohjonen, tenori
Mika Kares, basso
Musiikkitalon Kuoro
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonia nro 9
Thu
20.12.2018
19:00
Musiikkitalo

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri
Oodi ilolle

Eva Ollikainen
Hanna-Leena Haapamäki, sopraano
Merja Mäkelä, mezzosopraano
Mika Pohjonen, tenori
Mika Kares, basso
Musiikkitalon Kuoro
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonia nro 9
Sun
6.1.2019
15:00
Musiikkitalo

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri
Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta

Jaakko Kuusisto
Armas Järnefelt: Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta
Wed
9.1.2019
19:00
Musiikkitalo

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri
Valkoinen riikinkukko

Risto Joost
Chloë Hanslip, viulu
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Valkoinen riikinkukko
John Adams: Viulukonsertto
Charles Ives: Sinfonia nro 2
Thu
10.1.2019
19:00
Musiikkitalo

Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri
Valkoinen riikinkukko

Risto Joost
Chloë Hanslip, viulu
Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Valkoinen riikinkukko
John Adams: Viulukonsertto
Charles Ives: Sinfonia nro 2
2017
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms-Glanert: Four Preludes and Serious Songs
Olari Elts, conductor
Michael Nagy, baritone
Kari Kriikku, clarinet
Brahms-Glanert: Four Preludes and Serious Songs
Detlev Glanert: Distant Land (Music with Brahms for Orchestra)
Brahms-Berio: Op. 120 No. 1 (Clarinet Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio)
Ondine ODE 1263-2
2016
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Rautavaara: Rubáiyát & Balada
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Gerald Finley, bassobaritoni
Mika Pohjonen, tenori
Helsinki Music Centre Choir
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Rubáiyát, song cycle for baritone and orchestra
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Into the Heart of Light (Canto V) for string orchestra
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Balada for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Four songs from the opera Rasputin for mixed choir and orchestra
Ondine ODE 1274-2
2016
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Suk: Fantasy
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Christian Tetzlaff, viulu
Josef Suk: Fantasy in G minor, Op. 24
Antonin Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
Antonin Dvořák: Romance, Op. 11
Ondine ODE 1279-5
2015
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Die Seejungfrau
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Alexander von Zemlinsky:
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) (New critical version)
Sinfonietta, op. 23 (Arr. Roland Freisitzer)
Ondine ODE 1237-5
2015
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Soile Isokoski, sopraano
Ernest Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer
Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été
Henri Duparc: Le manoir de Rosemonde, l'Invitation au voyage, Chanson triste
Ondine ODE 1261-2
Address
Musiikkitalo
PL 10403
FI-00099 Helsingin kaupunki
helsinki.philharmonic[at]hel.fi
www.helsinkiphilharmonicorchestra.fi

Chief Conductor
Susanna Mälkki

Chief Conductor Emeritus
Leif Segerstam

General Manager
Aleksi Malmberg
+358 9 3102 2701

Manager of Administration
Kimmo Kekola
+358 9 3102 2702

Communications and Marketing Manager
Marja Istala Kumpunen
+358 9 3102 2703

Communications Planner
Virpi Tahvanainen
+358 9 3102 2710

Orchestra Assistant
Emma Huikari, dep. from 1.8.
Henna Karjalainen, on leave
+358 9 3102 2712

Orchestra Manager
Jere Siukola
+358 9 3102 2707

Administration Assistant
Marjut Turtiainen
+358 9 3102 2708

Librarian
Minna Cederkvist
+358 9 3102 2705

Project Manager
Tapio Piirainen
+358 9 3102 2706

Producer, education
Annika Kukkonen
+358 9 3102 2711

Stage Manager
Matti Tähkävuori
+358 9 3102 2709
Mikko Aspinen
+358 9 3102 2704

Founded 1882
(municipalized 1914)

Size 102 musicians

Concert venue
Music Hall, 1704 seats

Tickets
Ticketmaster
+358 600 10 800
(1,98 € / min + local access charge)