Klaus Mäkelä appointed Artist in Association of the Tapiola Sinfonietta
The Tapiola Sinfonietta has invited Klaus Mäkelä, Finland’s hottest young conductor and cellist, to become its Artist in Association. During his tenure from autumn 2018 to 2021, Mäkelä will appear with the orchestra as a conductor, a soloist and a chamber musician. One of his projects will be conducting Beethoven’s nine symphonies in numerical order.
“It is a great honour for me to work more closely with this wonderful orchestra. Tapiola has a great spirit, a superb sound born of a long history of ensemble work, and a high basic level of quality. For a conductor, this enables a wide range of repertoire and an attention to detail. Hugely inspiring!” says Klaus Mäkelä.
Mäkelä has outlined a series of concerts featuring all of Beethoven’s symphonies in numerical order over the years 2018 to 2020. The first concert in the series on 14 September 2018 will feature Symphony no. 1.
“Beethoven’s nine symphonies constitute one of the most significant cycles in the history of music. I have paired them with very diverse concert programmes, where the other works reflect on the basic character of each symphony or its features. There are works from the Baroque to world premieres, spanning a period of more than 350 years,” says Mäkelä, describing the concert series.
Klaus Mäkelä (b. 1996) studied orchestra conducting in Jorma Panula’s class at the Sibelius Academy and the cello with Marko Ylönen and Hannu Kiiski. He won 2nd prize and the Audience Favourite prize at the Turku XII Cello Competition in 2014. He has appeared as conductor and cello soloist with almost all of Finland’s leading symphony orchestras. In the 2017–2018 season, he is making a number of major débuts in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Finnish National Opera. In December 2017 Klaus Mäkelä was appointed Principal Guest Conductor for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for a three-year term from the 2018/19 season.