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Tapiola Sinfonietta  © Olli Häkämies           Download Highres Photo

Tapiola Sinfonietta © Olli Häkämies         Download Highres Photo 

Tapiola Sinfonietta © Olli Häkämies     Download Highres Photo

Tapiola Brass © Olli Häkämies                Download Highres Photo
Commune musician Pasi Pihlaja © Henry Söderlund & Maria Maunula
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Violinist Leena Tuomisto-Saarikoski at the child health centre.
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Tapiola Sinfonietta – with precision and with feeling

The roots of the Tapiola Sinfonietta are in the Tapiola district of Espoo, a garden city that has been designated part of Finland’s national landscape. The orchestra is known for its broad and diverse repertoire and also for occasionally performing in chamber music fashion, without a conductor. The orchestra’s sound reflects the close and profound interaction of its musicians.

Founded in 1987, the Tapiola Sinfonietta has expanded from the original string ensemble to an orchestra of 43 musicians, celebrated above all for its stylistically faithful performances of Viennese Classical repertoire, the programming of rarely heard works and the creation of bold cross-genre projects. More than half of the members have been with the orchestra throughout its life.

Unlike most Finnish orchestras, the Tapiola Sinfonietta manages its own artistic planning. Close collaboration with Artists in Association, Artists in Residence and some of the most distinguished conductors and soloists of our time is shared with the public at about 60 concerts each year. The orchestra also frequently performs chamber music, engages in bold cross-genre projects and appears regularly at festivals in Finland and abroad. The Tapiola Sinfonietta has toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. Discography of more than 70 titles includes many international award winners.

Extensive collaboration with other cultural actors in Espoo has brought in new audiences across stylistic boundaries. Being the municipal ensemble of the City of Espoo, the orchestra performs at schools, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in addition to its concert series.

Updated in October, 2019