Conductor Sasha Mäkilä has been named the Principal Guest Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra. In his position Mäkilä will lead 3–4 season concerts annually as well as special projects, such as chamber orchestra concerts and student concerts. Mäkilä will work on developing the orchestra together with chief conductor Vladimir Lande.
Mäkilä has studied conducting in Sibelius Academy, the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and Aspen Conducting Academy in the United States. Previously he has worked as an assistant for Kurt Masur in the Orchestre National de France and Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland symphony orchestra. He was the Chief Conductor for St. Michel Strings in 2012–2016.
Krasnoyarsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia. Its orchestra, which consists of 97 musicians, was founded in 1977. On tour the orchestra performs under the name Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.