OSLO PHILHARMONIC ORHESTRA
The Oslo-Filharmonien (Oslo Philharmonic) is a symphony orchestra based in Oslo, Norway. The orchestra was founded in 1919, and has since 1977 had its home in the Oslo Concert Hall. The orchestra gives an average of sixty to seventy symphonic concerts annually, the majority of which are broadcast nationally on the radio.
The WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln) is a German orchestra based in Cologne. The orchestra was founded in 1947 by Allied occupation authorities after World War II, as the orchestra of Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunk (NWDR; Northwest German Radio). The orchestra later acquired the names of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is particularly known for its performances of 20th-century and contemporary music. It has commissioned and premiered works from such composers as Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Krzysztof Penderecki, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. The orchestra's current principal conductor is Jukka-Pekka Saraste, as of the 2010-2011 season.
Helsinki Music Centre
We pride ourselves on a policy of openness and approachability. At the Music Centre you can hear and see a variety of concerts and performances, drop in for a snack in the café on your way through, take a look around in the lobby or the exhibition spaces, enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant, or pop in the shop or stop off at the Sibelius Academy Library to browse music books, magazines, and databases or listen to a wide range of recordings.
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a Finnish orchestra based in Helsinki, and is the chief radio orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). The orchestra primarily gives concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre. Primary funding comes from television licence fees from the Finnish population.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has played at Finlandia Hall for 40 years. We have had a chequered history there and we now stand on the brink of a new era – at the Helsinki Music Centre! Now, for the first time, the Orchestra will have the use of a hall designed expressly for the performance of acoustic concert music, and our musicians will have premises of their own in which to practise and work as in any ordinary job.
The Finnish Chamber Orchestra
The Finnish Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1990, is a vocation for its members. The musicians are on the forefront of Finnish orchestras; concertmasters and principals, prominent instructors, and freelance artists. These top musicians have gathered to work together in a unique ensemble where art comes before routine, and quality before compromise. The orchestra's Artistic Advisor Jukka-Pekka Saraste is also the Artistic Director of Ekenäs Summer Concerts. Apart from Saraste, the Finnish Chamber Orchestra has worked with other top-rated Finnish conductors, including Paavo Berglund, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, Ralf Gothoni, Juha Kangas, and Hannu Lintu.
Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra was formed in 2007 and it is the most significant cultural sponsoring project of Nordea. Its aim is to give talented young musicians valuable instruction and experience in playing with a full-ensemble symphony orchestra. Young musicians playing with the orchestra receive instruction under the leadership of top classical music professionals. Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra accepts members from among students of classical music through auditions. During the four years of its existence, several hundreds of young musicians have been involved in the activities of the orchestra.