Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Since the beginning of the 21th century, Jyväskylä Sinfonia has filled its concert halls year after year and the seats are almost 100 % sold. Orchestra’s chief conductor Ville Matvejeff began his period in the beginning of 2014 and will continue until the year 2022. Matvejeff is one of the most interesting Finnish musical talents. Successful as a composer, conductor, pianist, and singer, he has established himself as an exceptionally wide-ranging musician.

The orchestra has 39 full-time musicians and the orchestra’s activities reach every year more than 30 000 people. Jyväskylä Sinfonia organizes each year over 100 music events ranging from classical symphony concerts to chamber music concerts, open-minded entertaining evenings, and audience development events.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia was founded in 1955, with Ahti Karjalainen as its first conductor. The orchestra was municipalized for the first time in 1965 and its history has seen various stages, among them phases also as a private organization in addition to the communal unit. During the years, the orchestra has been conducted by Jukka Hapuoja, Onni Kelo, Jorma Svanström, Kyösti Haatanen, William Boughton, Ari Rasilainen, Markus Lehtinen, and Patrick Gallois.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia has published over 40 recordings and has released music for some of the largest classical music publishing companies, such as Naxos, Ondine, Warner, Finlandia Records, and Fazer Records. The most successful cd in the orchestra’s history is the recording together with the luminous opera star Karita Mattila; the cd that includes music by Lasse Mårtenson has sold over 80.000 pieces after the publication in 1998.

The newest recording includes Pekka Kostiainen's Easter oratorio Triduum Paschale together with St. Michel Strings. Among the other latest recordings are Pekka Kostiainen's Requiem, Olli Virtaperko's music and Aulis Sallinen's 80th jubilee album together with Ralf Gothóni, Arto Noras and Meta4 string quartet. Three albums with baritone Waltteri Torikka have been a huge success and the latest Christmas album (2018) was the most sold recording in Finland for several weeks.

Versatile audience development projects and contacting the audience actively have a high importance in Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s life. Almost a tradition already, the Sinfonia on the Move week in every May brings orchestra members close to the daily life of the citizens. Small groups perform all over the city in exciting places, ranging from hospitals to shopping malls and railway station.

Pupil concerts and instrumental workshops reach thousands of school children yearly and bring classical music and symphony orchestra’s activities familiar to schools. The orchestra visits regularly retirement homes, hospitals, and organizes open general rehearsals for seniors and other groups, whereas the audience has a great opportunity to meet the performers in the artist meetings just before the concert. By these methods, Jyväskylä Sinfonia strives for meetings its listeners better and ever more versatile.

2018
Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Sydämeni joulu 
Ville Matvejeff, kapellimestari
Waltteri Torikka, baritoni
Hiljaa leijaa maahan hiutaleet, Sydämeeni joulun teen, Ei mitään hätää, Varpunen jouluaamuna, Tuunhan jouluks kotiin, Kylmään sydämeen, Sylvian joululaulu, Oi jouluyö, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Warner Music Finland 
2017
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Olli Virtaperko: Romer's Gap
Ville Matvejeff, kapellimestari
Perttu Kivilaakso, sello
Jonte Knif, knifonium
Joonatan Rautiola, baritonisaksofoni
Olli Virtaperko: Romer's Gap
Olli Virtaperko: Multikolor
Olli Virtaperko: Ambrosian Delights
Ondine ODE 1305-2
2017
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Pekka Kostiainen: Requiem
Ville Matvejeff, kapellimestari
Suvi Väyrynen, sopraano
Ena Pongrac, mezzosopraano
Simo Mäkinen, tenori
Tapani Plathan, basso
Musica-kuoro
Pekka Kostiainen: Requiem
Alba Records ABCD 417
2016
Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Rakkaus
Ville Matvejeff, kapellimestari
Walteri Torikka, baritoni
Koti- ja ulkomaisia rakkauslauluklassikoita tuorein sovituksin

Warner Music Finland
2015
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Sydän
Ville Matvejeff, kapellimestari
Waltteri Torikka, baritoni

Viihde- ja klassisen musiikin klassikoita
Warner Music Finland

Address
Puistokatu 2 A,
FI-40100 Jyväskylä
sinfonia[at]jyvaskyla.fi
www.jyvaskylasinfonia.fi

Chief Conductor
Ville Matvejeff

General Manager
Emma Anttila, on leave
Nikke Isomöttönen, dep.
+358 14 266 4166
+358 400 872 168

Communications and Administration Manager
Jenni Hakola
+358 14 266 4167
+358 400 640 109

Finance and Personnel Coordinator
Hanne Rasku
+358 14 266 8911
+358 50 448 1720

Principal Producer
Nikke Isomöttönen
Heli Jäntti, dep.
+358 14 266 4592
+358 50 338 3953

Music Librarian and Producer
Petra Lujala
+358 14 266 4258
+358 50 311 8495

Founded 1955
(municipalized 1965)

Size 39 musicians

Concert venue
Jyväskylä Theatre, 551 seats

Tickets
Lippupiste
+358 600 900 900
(2,00 € /min+local access charge)

Telephone exchange
+358 14 266 0000