Klaus Mäkelä, condutor and cellist
Klaus Mäkelä, a conductor and cellist creating a meteoric international career, became an Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in autumn 2018. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the artistic director of the Turku Music Festival and Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
In autumn 2018, the Tapiola Sinfonietta launched a Beethoven series designed and conducted by Mäkelä, featuring all of Beethoven’s symphonies in numerical order. The series proved hugely popular; it concludes in autumn 2020 with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 and his masterpiece of sacred music, the Missa solemnis.
In recent years, Klaus Mäkelä has made débuts with a number of prominent orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Bern, Malmö and Bergen Symphony Orchestras and Sinfonia Lahti.
Mäkelä has appeared as a cellist with a number of Finnish symphony orchestras and has performed chamber music at the major Finnish music festivals. In 2014, he won 2nd prize and the ‘audience favourite’ prize at the Turku XII Cello Competition.
“The Tapiola Sinfonietta allows the music to live and breathe. They give it all they’ve got at every concert, whether playing a piece for the first time or for the thousandth time.”