The first concert of the Camerata Finlandia was held in the Koskela church in Helsinki, Finland in 1990, supported by the Käpylä Orchestral Society. The ensemble is made up of a professional String Quintet of orchestral musicians together with talented professional students from Sibelius-Academy and also from different conservatory´s from all parts of Finland.
In 1997, the orchestra performed in a televised concert in the Turku Concert Hall marking the 80th anniversary of Finnish independence, playing Finnish classical favourites, arranged especially for the occasion by the famous Finnish conductor, composer, and teacher of conducting, Jorma Panula.
The co-operation with Jorma Panula has continued since then, especially in the field of Finnish music, including concerts at various music festivals with soloists from Finland and abroad. The Camerata Finlandia has also performed as a training orchestra for conductor master classes. In 2007, the orchestra was invited to perform at Maestro Ari Rasilainen’s Festival in Sysmä, Finland. Professor Jorma Panula has invited the orchestra to be in his residence for International Conducting Master Classes at Piiparila, near Helsinki. This year we had our 20 year- celebration of our co-operation with professor Jorma Panula with our second Finnish independence Concert in Helsinki Cathedral on 30th of March.
The orchestra has given performances of works by various contemporary composers, including a world premiere from a work by the Finnish composer, Kai Nieminen, called I Can Hear Northern Lights II at the Puu soi Festival in Karkkila, Finland in 2004 with concertmaster, Maarit Kirvessalo, as violin soloist. Important conductors have conducted the orchestra, including Ari Rasilainen and Jukka Iisakkila. The orchestra has also performed with sopranos Helena Juntunen, Sirkka Parviainen and Tamara Lund; tenors Seppo Ruohonen and Tom Nyman; violinists Antti Tikkanen and Yair Kless; and guitarist John Mills.
The Naxos record label has relased two CDs of the Camerata Finlandia – Early One Morning – Finnish Orchestral Favourites; and Suomalaisia Klassisia Suosikkisävelmiä (Finnish Classical Favourites), Vol. 2.,both to critical acclaim.
If you want any further informations, please do not hesitate to contact us in the following address:
Camerata Finlandia / Maarit Kirvessalo
Mätästie 3 L 124, 00770 Helsinki
Tel: +358 40 5723 228
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At the beginning of the concert pieces by Finnish composers Palmgren, Sibelius, Madetoja, T. Kuusisto, Komulainen and V. Haapalainen are performed. The main piece of the concert is Mozart’s Mass in c minor ”Waisenhaus-Messe” KV 139 for mixed choir, soloists and orchestra. The solo parts are performed by Marja Haapaniemi (soprano), Laura Mäkitalo (mezzo-soprano), Ville Salonen (tenor) and Marko Nykänen (bass).
Orchestra: Camerata Finlandia Ensemble
Organ: Juhani Romppanen
Conductor: Leelo Lipping
Helsinki Cathedral (Unioninkatu 29)
Jorma Panula and Camerata Finlandia Ensemble will be honouring our WAR VETERANS with a special concert as Finland is celebrating the 100th anniversary of it´s independence this year.
Camerata Finlandia will be performing under the guidance of conductor and academician Jorma Panula his arrangements of finnish traditionals. We will have also music from Harri Viitanen, Händel-Halvorsen, W.A. Mozart and A. Vivaldi. Solists of this evening are Sirkka Parviainen, soprano- Harri Viitanen, tenor- Sirkku Helin, Julia Meller, Ann-Sofie Rautio , violin and Juho Ahmas, violoncello.
On this same occasion Camerata Finlandia is celebrating its 20 years anniversary. With prof. Jorma Panula we are happy to be able to continue supporting these young musicians!
During the concert we will also hear from a young fallen soldier, Toivo his last letter to his family sent from a war zone.
You are warmly WELCOME!
Free entrance, program 10€ ( program gratis for war veterans)