Lahti Symphony Orchestra


Following a highly successful UK tour in 2012, ICA is thrilled to once again be working with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.  October 2013 will see this partnership embark on a tour of six concerts in four major concert halls across Argentina and Brazil.

Under the baton of Okko Kamu – Lahti’s Principal Conductor – the tour’s programmes include such Finnish masterworks as Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony and Violin Concerto, alongside favourites from Beethoven, Schumann and Bruch.

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra is joined by celebrated Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä, who will be performing Bruch’s Concerto for Violin in G minor and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.

ICA takes the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Okko Kamu and Elina Vähälä to South America

04 Oct 2013

Following a highly successful UK tour in 2012, ICA is thrilled to once again be working with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.  October 2013 will see this partnership embark on a tour of six...

“...we soon were under the spell of this unique music, phrased in all senses as it should be. The mystery, the brusque contrasts, the innovations in texture and harmony...”

Buenos Aires Herald - Oct 2013

Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Okko Kamu conductor
Elina Vähälä violin

Friday 11 October 2013 BUENOS AIRES, Teatro Colón 20:30

Schumann Manfred Overture   - 11’

Bruch Violin Concerto, No. 1, Op 26, G minor  - 24’

With Elina Vähälä

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Sibelius Symphony No. 5, Op 82, Eb major - 30'

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Saturday 12 October 2013 BUENOS AIRES, Teatro Colón 20:30 

Sibelius Cassazione, Op 6 - 12’

Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op 47, D minor - 31’

With Elina Vähälä

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Beethoven Symphony No 4, Op 60, Bb major - 34’

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Tuesday 15 October 2013 ROSARIO, Teatro Fundación Astengo 21:00

Sibelius Cassazione, Op 6 - 12’

Bruch Violin Concerto, No. 1, Op 26, G minor - 24’

With Elina Vähälä

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Beethoven Symphony No 4, Op 60, Bb major - 34’

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Saturday 19 October 2013 SÃO PAULO, Sala São Paulo 21:00

Schumann Manfred Overture - 11’

Bruch Violin Concerto, No. 1, Op 26, G minor - 24’

With Elina Vähälä

Sibelius Symphony No. 5, Op 82, Eb major - 30’

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Sunday 20 October 2013 SÃO PAULO, Sala São Paulo 21:00

Sibelius Cassazione, Op 6 - 12’

Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op 47, D minor - 31’

With Elina Vähälä

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Beethoven Symphony No 4, Op 60, Bb major - 34’

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Monday 21 October 2013 RIO DE JANEIRO, Theatro Municipal 20:30

Sibelius Cassazione, Op 6 - 12’

Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op 47, D minor - 31’

With Elina Vähälä

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Beethoven Symphony No 4, Op 60, Bb major - 34’

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Photo Albums

Elina Vähälä (5 photos)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra & Okko Kamu (3 photos)

11 October, Buenos Aires Performance (Gallery 1) (10 photos)

11 October, Buenos Aires Performance (Gallery 2) (5 photos)

Sala São Paulo, 19 October 2013 (9 photos)

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Videos

Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius (excerpt) / Elina Vähälä & Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor 'Voces intimae', Op. 56 (excerpt)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 (excerpt) / Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (excerpt) / Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Lahti Symphony Orchestra Tour: Elina Vähälä playing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1

Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius (excerpt) / Elina Vähälä & Lahti Symphony Orchestra

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Newspaper ambito financiero review

O Globo Review

Ilustrada Review

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Lahti Symphony Orchestra

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra has been described as a ‘small-town wonder’. Its collaboration with the Swedish record company BIS was the first clear signal that its aspirations were no longer those of a provincial ensemble but were oriented towards the wider orchestral world, and the orchestra fulfilled many of its wildest dreams together with its principal conductor Osmo Vänskä (1988–2008). Since the autumn of 2008 the orchestra’s artistic advisor – and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival – has been Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In the autumn of 2011 Okko Kamu succeeded him as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor and as Artistic Director of the Festival.

In the early 1990s various goals were set: to start touring internationally, to acquire a new concert hall and, by means of unconventional projects, to build a reputation for the orchestra as a ‘trailblazer with a difference’. Since 2000 the orchestra’s home has been the Sibelius Hall. Numerous awards for the orchestra’s recordings (including a Grand Prix du Disque 1993, Gramophone Awards in 1991 and 1996, Cannes Classical Awards in 1997 and 2001, and the MIDEM Classical Award in 2006) have also opened the doors to an international arena. The orchestra’s first major tour to Japan took place in 1999, and that year it also made its successful début at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

These successful performances gave rise to repeat invitations, and tour destinations have included the United States (January 2005) and Japan (2003 and 2006). Japanese critics chose the orchestra’s Tokyo performance of Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2003 as the year’s best classical performance in Japan. The orchestra has performed at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the White Nights Festival, St Petersburg, twice at the BBC Proms and at four concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna. In addition, it has given concerts in China, France, Spain, Poland and Belgium, and its performances have been warmly received by the international press.

The orchestra’s broad-minded attitude can also be inferred from the many exceptional recording projects that it has undertaken. Its first first disc of Finnish hymns reached gold record status within a month; overall, the orchestra has now seven gold records to its credit. Its soundtrack disc to the film Sibelius and its ABBA and Queen recordings have all become platinum discs.

Alongside the music of Sibelius, the core of the orchestra’s work has been its collaboration with Kalevi Aho, composer-in-residence since 1992: among the works Aho has composed for the orchestra are five symphonies. The orchestra has also recorded a major part of Aho’s extensive orchestral output. Without exception these recordings have been favourably received by the international press, as indeed have almost all of the discs in the orchestra’s close collaboration with BIS Records, which now extends to some seventy recordings. In autumn 2009, international sales of the orchestra’s BIS recordings passed the million mark.

Working with children and young people is an especially important aspect of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s work. For the past ten years the orchestra’s task forces have visited Lahti’s schools composing together with children as part of the project ‘Hei, me sävelletään!’ (‘Hey, Let’s Compose!’).




Okko Kamu


Conductor

Taking up the position of Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival in the autumn of 2011, Okko Kamu began his musical career as leader of the Suhonen Quartet and a violinist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He started out as a conductor at the Finnish National Opera, where he had previously served as leader of the orchestra. In 1969 Kamu started to appear as a guest conductor at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the same year he won first prize in the international Herbert von Karajan conducting competition, Berlin, which launched his international career in earnest.

Known for his versatility as a musician, Okko Kamu has conducted almost all of the world’s foremost orchestras. He has been Principal Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish National Opera, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. As an opera conductor he has performed at venues including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Since 2006 he has been Artistic Director of the ‘Music! Ruovesi’ chamber music festival, appearing as a violinist in various instrumental ensembles.

Okko Kamu’s international recording career began when he recorded three Sibelius symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon, as part of a cycle shared with Herbert von Karajan. Since then he has made more than one hundred recordings for such companies as Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Ondine and Naxos. Among his most recent recording projects is a newly released disc of Sibelius’s Tempest suites, The Bard and Tapiola with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra (BIS). In the coming years he will also record all seven Sibelius symphonies for BIS.
He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1994, and in 2010 was awarded the prize of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. In 2011 he was made an honorary professor.




Elina Vähälä


Violin

Violinist Elina Vähälä is one of the sought-after instrumentalists in the international music scene and receives praising critics for her performances all around the world. She made her orchestra debut at the age of 12 with Sinfonia Lahti and was later chosen as Sinfonia Lahti’s “Young Master Soloist” by the conductor Osmo Vänskä. She is the winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and her New York debut concert the same year received acclaim in The New York Times.

Some of the highlights of the current season are appearances with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa, Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar, Helsinki Philharmonic and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, as well as performances with Sinfonia Lahti and Okko Kamu at the Sibelius Festival and tours to Germany, UK and China. Vähälä has commissioned a violin concerto from the composer Jaakko Kuusisto and the world premiere will also take place later this season.

Past seasons have seen Elina Vähälä perform on stages all around the world: giving concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra, as well as at the MIAGI festival in South Africa and on tours throughout China and South Korea. In December 2008 Vähälä performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and concert when president Martti Ahtisaari was awarded. The ceremony had a worldwide television broadcast.

Elina Vähälä’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. She has given world premieres of Aulis Sallinen's Chamber Concerto and Curtis Curtis-Smith's Double Concerto, both written for her and pianist-conductor Ralf Gothóni. In addition, Vähälä gave the Scandinavian first performance of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto “The Red Violin”. She is not only a soloist, but a devoted chamber musician too and has been performing e.g. with Andras Adorjan, Juri Bashmet, Ana Chumachenco, Chee-Yun, Peter Csaba, Itamar Golan, Ralf Gothóni, Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Giuranna, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, Cho-Liang Lin, Adam Neiman, Arto Noras, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Alisa Weilerstein.

Besides being a musician, Elina Vähälä is also involved in the educational aspect of music. In 2009 she launched the Violin Academy – a master-class based educational project for selected, highly talented young Finnish violinists. The Academy is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Additionally, Vähälä is a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe.

Born in the United States and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä began to play the violin at the age of three at the Lahti Conservatory and over the years studied also under the guidance of Zinaida Gilels, Ilja Grubert and Pavel Vernikov at the Kuhmo Violin School. At the Sibelius Academy, Vähälä studied with Tuomas Haapanen and in 1998 she attended classes of Ana Chumachenco in Munich.

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