Joensuu City Orchestra

Joensuu City Orchestra

The Joensuu City Orchestra with its 35 musicians is an energetic ensemble with a varied repertoire. Its home venue is the Carelia Hall of the University of Eastern Finland. In a year the orchestra gives about 110 concerts, of which less than a third are symphonic concerts. The repertoire also consists of baroque, church, chamber and entertainment concerts, and concerts for children and young persons. The orchestra does a significant amount of community work and regularly pays visits for example to the schools, local senior centers and other such institutions. The orchestra performs regularly also in various festivals, for example Lieksa Brass Week and Ilosaarirock Festival.

Orchestral activity in Joensuu began in the turn of the 20th century. The foundation for the present-day orchestra was laid in 1953 and it was municipalized in 1978. The orchestra's first Artistic Director was Pekka Haapasalo. Following him were Juozas Domarkas, Atso Almila, Hannu Koivula, Esa Heikkilä and Jurjen Hempel. Atso Almila held again the title of Artistic Director from autumn 2011 to spring 2013. After that he was appointed orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.  He held the title until 2020. Eero Lehtimäki started as the Artistic Director in autumn 2019 as orchestra’s artistic partners Minna Pensola and Iiro Rantala.

A recording made of the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's opera Thomas, which took place at the 1985 Joensuu Festival, was chosen as the Record of the Year by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Since then, the orchestra has recorded orchestral music by Kalervo Tuukkanen (Alba), a CD entitled Elegy with trumpeter Jouko Harjanne (Cryston), a CD containing Chopin's piano concertos with pianist Janne Mertanen (Alba 2007) and has made recordings of film scores and featured on various Finnish popular artists' recordings.

Joensuu City Orchestra
Satumaista Joulua - soiva joulukortti
Arturo Alvarado, kapellimestari
Jean Sibelius: Satu op. 9, sov. Jussi-Matti Haavisto
Joensuu City Orchestra
Jälkiä 2001-2011
Krzysztof Dobosiewicz
Sony Music 8869791682
Joensuu City Orchestra
Hannu Koivula
Janne Mertanen, piano
Frederic Chopin: Piano Concertos no. 2 f-molli &
no. 1 e-molli
Joensuu City Orchestra
Riku Niemi
Lasse Mårtenson & Johanna Almark & Juha Ikonen & Veijo Laine
Lasse Mårtenson: Lapin kullan kimallus, Ralla-Kaisan laulu, Kioski, Romanssi, Oodi klovnille, Andersudde, Kevätaamu, Myrskyluodon Maija, Päivänkakkara, Muistoja, Etulinjan edessä, Elämän meno, Vihan päivät, Kotiseutu, Katrilli, Idylli, Intermezzo & Teema, Nocturne
Fg-Naxos 6 418770 801828
Joensuu City Orchestra
Hannu Koivula
Kalervo Tuukkanen: Alkusoitto näytelmään Tukkijoella & Serenata giocosa & Ehtoolaulu & Karkelo & Pienoissarja jousille näytelmästä Pilvi & Romanttisia tuokioita jousille & Tempus Festum
Alba ABCD 189

Länsikatu 15
4 B-rakennus 2. krs
FI-80110 Joensuu
Visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 4

Artistic Director
Eero Lehtimäki

General Manager
Marjo Vattulainen
+358 50 415 2944

Marketing Manager
Annika Huotari
+358 50 436 0579

Producer - Music Librarian
Seppo Tiensuu
+358 500 679 528

Founded 1953
(municipalized 1978)
Size 35 musicians

Concert venue
Carelia Hall, 599 seats

Tickets +358 13 267 5222,

Telephone exchange
+358 13 337 7111