Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra

Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra

Founded in 1972, Lapland Chamber Orchestra is the most northerly professional chamber orchestra in Finland and indeed in the entire EU. Orchestra’s Artistic Director is conductor John Storgårds. The first ever Chief Guest Conductor, for 2019-2021, is Tomas Djupsjöbacka.

Based in Rovaniemi, the orchestra is a regional orchestra that regularly tours the Province of Lapland, but also performs elsewhere in Finland and abroad. The orchestra has performed in festivals such as Savonlinna Opera Festival, Helsinki Festival, the Korsholma Music Festival and the LuostoClassic event. The latest tours abroad have taken the orchestra to Canada, Hungary, Austria, Algeria and the BBC Proms in London.

The repertoire of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra reflects our time. The programme includes works by contemporary composers, however not forgetting the more classical repertoire and pearls from different periods. The orchestra has given first performances of works by significant composers and regularly premieres works in Finland. Distinguished guest performers have included Soile Isokoski, Håkan Hardenberger, Christian Teztlaff, Colin Currie, Benjamin Schmid and Kirill Gerstein. The orchestra has collaborated with BBC Philharmonic orchestra, among others.

The work and recordings of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra have gained recognition. Orchestra’s recording of the Chamber Symphonies of Vagn Holmboe was a nominee for the Gramophone Award 2013.  The recording of Kalevi Aho’s concertos for theremin and horn received the distinguished German ECHO Klassik award. The recording of Gustav Mahler’s 10th symphony - completed and arranged by Michelle Castelletti - has received outstanding critics.

2019
Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra

John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 10

BIS-2376
2019
Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra

Gestures of Winter three String Quartets by Kai Nieminen
Meri-Lapin jousikvartetti: 
Kanerva Mannermaa, konserttimestari, Juhana Inkinen, 2-viulu, Karri Perälä, alttoviulu, Olli Kajasviita, sello
Kai Nieminen: Forwards th Light, I Can Hear Northern Lights, Gestures of Winter

JJ Voice OY/Pilfink Records
2017
Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (2014-15)
John Storgårds, conductor
Anders Paulsson, sopranosaxophone
Väinö Jalkanen, piano
Kalevi Aho:
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (2014-15)
Quintet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (2013)
BIS-2216 SACD
2017
Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra
Seven songs * Clarinet Concerto
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Gabriel Suovanen, baritoni
Christoffer Sundqvist, klarinetti
Lars Karlsson:
Sju sånger till text av Pär Lagerkvist (2010-12)
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2013-2015)
BIS-2286 SACD
2016
Lapland Chamber Orchestra - Rovaniemi City Orchestra
Zemlinsky: Seven Songs Chamber Symphony (based on String Orchestra No. 21)
John Storgårds, kapellimestari
Jenny Carlstedt, mezzosopraano
Alexander Zemlinsky: Sieben lieder von nacht und traum (Seven song of night and dream). Arranged by Richard Dünser
Alexander Zemlinsky: Chamber Symphony (Based on String Quartet no 20). Arranged by Richard Dünser
Ondine ODE 12722

Address
Lapinkävijäntie 4
FI-96100 Rovaniemi
www.korundi.fi/orkesteri

Artistic Director
John Storgårds

Principal Guest Conductor
Tomas Djupsjöbacka

General Manager
Kaisa-Reetta Karhu
+358 400 764 469

Orchestra Secretary
Seija Karvinen
+358 50 315 1483

Music Librarian
Melanie Wadd
+358 50 566 8253 / 
+358 40 521 7130

Stage Manager
Petri Sinda
+358 50 346 0574

Founded 1972
(municipalized 1982)

Size 18 musicians

Concert venues
Korundi, 340 seats

Telephone exchange
+358 16 3221