Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

The roots of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra stretch back to the year 1790 and the founding of The Musical Society in Turku. The oldest orchestra in Finland – and one of the oldest in the world – the Turku Philharmonic was taken over by its host City in 1927. At the time it had 29 players, as against 74 today. Maestro Leif Segerstam has worked as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 2012 to May 2019. The title of Honorary Conductor of the orchestra was appointed to Segerstam in May 2019. The orchestra’s home composer is Mikko Heiniö.

The orchestra´s principal guest conductor from 2017 to 2022 is international star violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin. Nationally and internationally renowned as a top artist, conductor, pianist and composer Olli Mustonen has been named as the new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Mustonen will be taking up his new role on 1 January 2021.

The orchestra has been on tour to Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Hungary and China. It released its first record in 1979. Favourite Finnish Classics (1995) and Karita's Christmas (2002) both merited a platinum disc. Conductor Juha Kangas and the Turku Philharmonics won the EMMA award for Classical Album of the Year for their recording Transient Moods – Rajatiloja, published in 2009, with music by P.H. Nordgren. In 2019, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra won International Classical Music Awards –award for Best Collection with recording of Jean Sibelius´ Incidental Music, recorded under the baton of Leif Segerstam.

Side by side with the weekly symphony concerts, the orchestra’s chamber music ensembles perform in the historical venues of Turku and the beautiful archipelago. The orchestra also puts on concerts for the whole family and takes regularly part in opera productions. Also, Turku Philharmonic works with accessibility questions and is leading the way in Finland on the field of Internet concerts. The orchestra streams live concerts on its website on a monthly basis.

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms IV Segerstam
Leif Segerstam, kapellimestari
Jan Söderblom, viuluobligato
Roi Ruottinen, sello-obligato
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Leif Segerstam: Symphony No. 295 "ulFSöDErBlom in Memoriam..."

Alba Records ABCD432
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven - Christus am Ölberge, Elegischer Gesang
Leif Segerstam, kapellimestari
Hanna-Leena Haapamäki, sopraano
Jussi Myllys, tenori
Niklas Spångberg, basso
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Christus am Ölberge, op. 85
Elegischer Gesang, op. 118

Naxos 8.573852
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus
Leif Segerstam, kapellimestari
Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43

Naxos 8.573853
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven - Works for Voice and Orchestra
Leif Segerstam, kapellimestari
Reetta Haavisto, sopraano
Dan Karlström, tenori
Kevin Greenlaw, baritoni
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Primo amore, piacer del ciel WoO 92,
No, non turbati WoO 92a, Ah! Perfido Op. 65,
2 Arias for Umlauf's Singspiel Die schöne Schusterin, WoO 91:
No. 1 O welch ein Leben, ein ganzes Meer von Lust,
No. 2 Soll ein Schuh nicht drücken, Prüfung des Küssens WoO 89
"Meine weise Mutter spricht", Mit Mädeln sich vertragen WoO 90 
Ne' giorni tuoi felici, WoO 93
Hess 120, Tremate, empi, tremate op. 116

Naxos 8.573882
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven – Egmont
Leif Segerstam, kapellimestari
Matti Salminen, kertoja
Kaisa Ranta, sopraano
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Music for Goethe's Tragedy Egmont op. 84
Leonore, Act II: Introduction WoO 2b Hess 117
Six Minuets WoO 10
Triumphal March for the Tragedy Tarpeja by Kuffner WoO 2a Hess 117
Funeral March for Friedrich Duncker's Leonore Prohaska WoO 96

Naxos 8.573956

Sibeliuksenkatu 2 A,
FI-20100 Turku
Fax +358 2 262 0830 

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Olli Mustonen, from 1.1.2021

Principal Guest Conductor
Julian Rachlin

Conductor Laureate
Paavo Berglund
Leif Segerstam

Mikko Heiniö

Chief Executive
Maati Rehor
+358 40 359 1643

Niina Helander
+358 44 907 2096

Office Clerk
Auli Kvarnberg
+358 2 262 0804

Heidi Pulkkinen
+358 44 907 2090

Publicity Manager and Marketing
Paula Kahtola
+358 44 907 2091

Ticket sales & Customer service
Susanna Lehtonen
Sanna Wolstenholme
+358 2 262 0333

Music Librarian
György Pongracz
+358 41 507 3680
+358 2 262 0808

House Manager
Janne Saviranta
+358 44 907 2093

Ari Nurminen
+358 44 907 2094

Light and Sound Master
Eerik Hovi
+358 40 140 8562

Stage Managers
Hannu Suvanto
+358 50 556 9470
Ari Kankare
+358 44 907 2092

Founded 1790
(municipalized 1927)

Size 74 musicians

Concert venues
Concert Hall, 1002 seats
Turku Cathedral, 1000 seats

+358 600 900 900
(1,98 € / min + local access charge)