Finnish Music Directory

  • Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras

    Founded in 1965, the association promotes and develops Finland's symphony and chamber orchestras and safeguards their interests and rights.
  • Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

    Avanti! Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble that varies in size from a solo player to a symphony orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1983 to satisfy a need for high-quality ensemble work by enthusiastic and highly skilled musicians, and because it was recognised that a great deal of contemporary music and other rare repertoire would remain unperformed otherwise. It specializes in no particular genre, rather, it is proud to be a specialist in all styles with a strong sense of responsibility for the music of today.
  • Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) is the orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). Its mission is to produce and promote Finnish musical culture. The latest contemporary music is a major item in the repertoire of the FRSO, which each year premieres a number of Yle commissions. The FRSO regularly tours to all parts of the world and has so far given over 300 concerts abroad.

    The Chief Conductor as of autumn 2013 will be Hannu Lintu, following a season (2012/2013) as the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor.

    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

    Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is a new-generation line-up offering its audiences early music in a fresh, distinctive presentation. The orchestra's concerts and recordings, while frequently including first modern performances of unpublished, undiscovered or reconstructed masterpieces, also shed unexpected and often controversial new light on more familiar works. The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra has appeared internationally on prestigious stages such as London Wigmore Hall, Cologne Philharmonie and many more.
  • Helsinki Chamber Choir

    The Helsinki Chamber Choir was founded in 1962 as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir.  It assumed its current name in May 2005.  The Helsinki Chamber Choir’s wide-ranging repertoire includes medieval chant as well as music from the Renaissance and Baroque up to the present day. The choir regularly commissions new works, mostly from Finnish composers, and has given almost 40 world premieres in the seasons since 2005.  Alongside its own concert series in Helsinki, the choir appears frequently at Finnish music festivals and collaborates regularly with Finnish symphony orchestras.
  • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

    This band of 102 top musicians gives 70–80 concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre a year to a total audience of over 100,000. It has toured widely in Europe, to the USA, South America, Japan and China.

    The orchestra was founded by Robert Kajanus in 1882, and it is the oldest professional symphony orchestra alive in the Nordic countries. The current Chief Conductor is John Storgårds.
  • Hyvinkää Orchestra

    One of the guiding principles of the Hyvinkää Orchestra is to provide performing opportunities for young musicians just embarking on their careers and to present contemporary music. Two or three concerts for full orchestra (40–45 players) are given every year, the remainder of the events being chamber concerts. Hyvinkää Orchestra performs in the acoustically superb Hyvinkää Hall.
  • 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 sixty concerts, of which a third are symphonic concerts.
  • Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra - Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä

    Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä's way of interpreting music has been defined as comprehensive, exemplified by the colourful repertoire and the authentic interest towards music. Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä has recorded extensively and has released music for some of the largest classical music publishing companies, among others for Naxos.
  • Kemi City Orchestra

    A flexible ensemble, the Kemi City Orchestra is able to adapt to a varied repertoire unrestrained by generic borders. Collaboration with the local theatre and choirs and premieres of contemporary Finnish music are annual items on the agenda of this youthful, developing band of players. The orchestra today has up to 50-55 players, but only the members of the Länsi-Pohja String Quartet are employed full-time.
  • Kuopio Symphony Orchestra

    Kuopio Symphony Orchestra maintains the 100-year-old orchestra tradition as the largest symphony orchestra of Eastern Finland. The KSO holds most of its 60 or so concerts a year at the Kuopio Music Centre. In addition to its symphonic repertoire, the orchestra also covers a wide range of genres from chamber music to crossover concerts to the enjoyment of the public.
  • Kymi Sinfonietta

    The Kymi Sinfonietta consists of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras combined at the end of 1998. Now an orchestra of Sinfonietta strength, it has 31 regular players. The broad, highly-acclaimed repertoire and the first-rate concerts, performed with a burning passion for music in partnership with superb Finnish and other artists have won the Kymi Sinfonietta a devoted following.
  • Lappeenranta City Orchestra

    With 21 regular players, the Lappeenranta City Orchestra is an active "mini-sinfonietta” that sometimes expands with the help of extras and co-projects into the Saimaa Sinfonietta. Together with the Kymi Sinfonietta the orchestra also appears as the Southeast Philharmonic in Lappeenranta, Kotka and Kouvola. The current Artistic Director is Tibor Bogányi.

    Lappeenranta City Orchestra
  • Lohja City Orchestra

    Lohja City Orchestra has a very wide repertoire, including chamber, light and church music, and works for children and young people. Symphonies, large-scale vocal works and opera music are regular items on the programme, and each year the orchestra works with leading Finnish choirs.Its members are able to produce a chamber orchestra, a strong or wind quintet, a light or a large symphony orchestra.
  • Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

    The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orhestra (OCO), founded by the orchestra's Conductor Laureate Juha Kangas in 1972, has been a professional orchestra since 1989. The homogeneous sound and dynamic impact of the orchestra are a result of years of playing together. The orchestra´s repertoire covers all periods in the history of music from the Baroque to the present day. The OCO has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of contemporary Finnish music and has works written and dedicated to it by several Finnish composers. The OCO regularly performs with top international soloists and has released more than 60 discs.
  • Oulu Sinfonia - Oulu Symphony Orchestra

    In addition to symphony concerts, Oulu Symphony Orchestra produces an opera each year in partnership with the Oulu Opera Association, the Conservatoire and the City Theatre. It has recorded the complete orchestral works by Leevi Madetoja, including the ballet pantomime Okon Fuoko, on the Alba label.
  • Pori Sinfonietta - Pori City Orchestra

    The Pori City Orchestra, nowadays known as the Pori Sinfonietta, was officially founded in 1938. A lively orchestra of a high standard, the Pori Sinfonietta participates in a variety of events in its home city, the surrounding province and other parts of Finland. Pori Sinfonietta's conductor as of autumn 2012 is Jan Söderblom.
  • Satomusic

    Satomusic Ltd provides creative and diverse music compositions to all occasions. Satomusic promote, manage, produce and communicate rythm music.
  • Savonlinna Orchestra

    The Savonlinna Orchestra has long occupied a leading position in the musical life of the town, having functioned with a few brief intervals since 1915.The core of the present orchestra is the string quartet founded in 1993, whose members, in addition to giving concerts, teach at the Savonlinna Music College.
  • Seinäjoki City Orchestra

    Chamber music is a notable feature of the Seinäjoki City Orchestra's repertoire, and the string and wind quintets made up of the orchestra’s nucleus players give frequent concerts of chamber music both classical and contemporary. The orchestra holds its concerts in the 360-seat Seinäjoki Hall renowned for its splendid acoustics.
  • Sinfonia Lahti - Lahti Symphony Orchestra

    Over the past two decades, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra has emerged as one of the most highly regarded orchestras in the world. Since 2000, the orchestra's home has been at the Sibelius Hall, the acoustics of which have drawn admirers from all over the world. The current principal conductor is Okko Kamu.
  • Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra

    The Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra was founded to perform at the turn of the millennium festivities in Kuhmo. Since 2005, the orchestra has operated as an independent artistic unit, serving concert-going public around the Kainuu region, providing a professional training environment for musical students and a pedagogically rewarding challenge for young instrumentalists in Kainuu. Half of the musicians come from Kuhmo or the Kainuu region and the other half from Petrozavodsk.

    Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra
  • St. Michel Strings

    Over the past years St. Michel Strings has concentrated especially on repertoire for string orchestra and made a name for itself both for its choice of works and for its readiness to collaborate with young composers. In order to diversify its concert offering, it engages in numerous other partnerships as well. Since autumn 2012, the orchestra's Music Director is Sasha Mäkilä.
  • SULASOL, The Finnish Amateur Musicians’ Association

    SULASOL (Suomen Laulajien ja Soittajien Liitto r.y.), established in 1922, is the biggest association for amateur musicians in Finland. The basic task is to promote the members' possibilities to do music. Sulasol's members include over 400 choirs and about 30 orchestras. Also publication serviced and a sheet music shop.
  • Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, comprising 97 musicians, is one of Scandinavia's foremost symphony orchestras. The TPO has its home in Tampere Hall, the biggest concert hall in Finland built 1990. The orchestra offers a symphony and a chamber music series, performs as resident opera and ballet orchestra and plays regularly at the Tampere Biennale contemporary music festival.
  • Tapiola Sinfonietta - Espoo City Orchestra

    The Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Espoo City Orchestra founded in 1987, represents uncompromising quality and emphasises the critical role of each musician. Composed of 41 musicians, it specialises in Viennese-Classical repertoire but also performs 20th century modern classics and premieres of contemporary works. It also enjoys forays into children's music, chamber music and crossover productions. The orchestra regularly performs with top soloists and conductors both Finnish and foreign and often also without a conductor.
  • The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland

    Founded in 1972, the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland is the most northerly professional orchestra in the European Union. It is a regional orchestra based on the town of Rovaniemi and gives performances both in the Province of Lapland and all over the arctic region and Finland. The orchestra has received a new concert hall and working rooms in the Culture House Korundi. The orchestra frequently gives the Finnish premieres of works by composers of all nationalities and eras and the world premieres of music by many leading contemporary composers.

    The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland
  • The Finnish Baroque Orchestra

    The Finnish Baroque Orchestra specialises in performance on period instruments of music from the 17th century to the early Romantic era. It also seeks novel perspectives on early instruments by performing new music on Baroque instruments. In addition to appearing at Finland's major music festivals, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra has a Baroque festival, the Vantaa Music Festival, of its own managed by its Patrons' Association.
  • The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera

    The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera is Finland’s biggest symphony orchestra. In addition to playing for operas and ballets the orchestra regularly gives both symphony concerts and chamber recitals of its own. An orchestral concert has usually also been given in conjunction with FNO foreign tours. Since 2006 the Chief Conductor has been Mikko Franck, also Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera as of 2008.
  • 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 orchestra has been on tour to Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Hungary and China. It released its first record in 1979. The Artistic Director and Chief Conductor since the beginning of 2012 is Leif Segerstam.
  • UMO Jazz Orchestra

    UMO (Finnish acronym for New Music Orchestra) is rated as one of the world's leading big bands. It especially promotes Finnish music both at home and abroad. By commissioning and performing as much new material as possible, it both stimulates and supports Finnish jazz production and export.
  • Vaasa City Orchestra

    Regular concerts in Vaasa date from 1930, when an Orchestra Society was founded in the town.  In addition to giving concerts of its own, the Vaasa City Orchestra has appeared at various festivals. It collaborates with the Vaasa Opera Foundation and Vaasa City Theatre and regularly appears in concert with the Seinäjoki City Orchestra. The Vaasa City Orchestra has been on tour to Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Sweden, USA and Iceland.
  • Vantaa Pops Orchestra

    The Vantaa Pops Orchestra has profiled itself as the only symphonic line-up in Finland specialising in light music. The Orchestra has so far released 15 albums in all. Members of the orchestra can also be heard in the most varied of smaller ensembles, from jazz sextets to a salon orchestra. The Vantaa Pops also performs classical repertoire to order, in which case it calls itself the Vantaa Orchestra.

    Vantaa Pops Orchestra
  • Vivo Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1986, the Vivo Symphony Orchestra is a philharmonic orchestra of young players from all over Finland. Their average age is 20, ranging from 14 to 26. The majority of the players are in senior high school or are full-time music students for whom Vivo is an opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and orchestral experience required in various musical professions. The Artistic Director is conductor Esa Heikkilä.
  • YL Male Voice Choir

    Choir music for male voices.

    YL Male Voice Choir