Tapiola Sinfonietta

Risto Joost, Dirigent | Carolin Widmann, Violine

04. - 17.11.2019

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (version for orchestra)
Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 E flat major op. 55 Eroica or Symphony No. 7 A major op. 92

Tapiola Sinfonietta

The roots of the Tapiola Sinfonietta are in the lively musical scene that has flourished in the Tapiola district of Espoo since the 1960s. The orchestra is known for its broad and diverse repertoire and also for occasionally performing without a conductor. The orchestra’s sound reflects the close and profound interaction of its musicians. Founded in 1987, the Tapiola Sinfonietta has grown from a string ensemble to a Viennese Classical orchestra with 42 members. Unlike in any other Finnish orchestra, artistic planning is done by the orchestra itself.

In the early days of the orchestra, it had artistic directors such as Jorma Panula and Osmo Vänskä and guest conductors including Paavo Berglund, Hannu Lintu, Leif Segerstam, Masaaki Suzuki and Olari Elts. Among the Artists in Association have been pianist Olli Mustonen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conductors Stefan Asbury and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The artistic directorship of Honorary Conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow (1993–2006) was of decisive importance to the shaping of the orchestra’s current sound.

In the 2017/2018 season, the Artists in Association are conductors Mario Venzago, pianist Alexander Melnikov and guitarist Marzi Nyman. Conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä has been appointed as Artist in Association from 2018-2021.

The Tapiola Sinfonietta appears regularly all over Finland and has toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. The orchestra records for the BIS, Ondine and CPO labels, and its 70-title discography is internationally recognized.

The orchestra also frequently performs chamber music and engages in bold cross-genre projects.

Season 2017/18



Risto Joost Conductor

Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost excels by his specialized versatility and has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. The trained singer and long-term conductor of the Estonian National Opera, is Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra since 2013 and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir since 2015.

Alongside his manifold projects with the MDR Leipzig Symphony and MDR Leipzig Radio Choir Risto Joost is in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as SWR Symphonieorchester, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra dell Teatro La Fenice, Netherlands Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla,  Latvian National Symphony, Orchestra,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra among others as well as vocal ensembles as RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir for choral symphonic programmes. From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

At the Estonian National Opera Risto Joost has led more than 20 premieres. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers.

Highlights of this season are engagements with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra/Netherlands Chamber Choir, SWR Vokalensemble, Czech Radio Symphony and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. Risto Joost conducts various programmes with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony /MDR Choir leitet Risto Joost featuring Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2, Schumann Symphony No. 2, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Rachmaninov The Bells, Brahms’ Requiem and Haydn’s Creation.

Since 2016 Risto Joost is Artistic Director of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society and Birgitta Festival in Tallinn.

His discography includes the highly praised album of Tonu Korvits’ Moorland Elegies (Ondine Records) and works by Haydn with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Peeter Vähi with the Latvian National Symphony, Arvo Pärt with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, various recordings of Estonian music with the Estonian National Symphony and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

For his artistic activities in Estonia and abroad, Risto Joost received the music award of the Cultural Foundation in Estonia in 2016 and was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic in 2011.

Risto Joost has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.

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Carolin Widmann violin

A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.

Following the release of Widmann’s critically acclaimed Mendelssohn/Schumann Concerto’s disc, the 2016/17 season saw her give debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonia do Estado de São Paulo, Hallé Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony. Widmann also premièred Michael Zev Gordon’s new violin concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.

Highlights for Widmann’s 2017/18 season include performances with the BBC Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Residentie Orkest, and RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A prolific chamber musician, she will give recitals at the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Bozar Brussels, in Salzburg and Fribourg. She will also give chamber music projects in Vienna and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival among others.

Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Ms Widmann has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski and Pablo Heras-Casado. She also appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d’Automne and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Carolin Widmann was born in Munich and studied with Igor Ozim in Köln, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.

Carolin Widmann plays on a violin by G. B. Guadagnini from 1782.

Season 2017/18

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  • CD review: Erkki-Sven Tüür portrait

    The Tapiola Sinfonietta has an exceptionally refined, sophisticated and distinctive way of playing that brings out the individual characteristics of each (instrument) section (Ondine).

    Rondo Classic Finland 2/2018

  • CD review: Stravinsky portrait

    The orchestra plays with electric energy, and the highly charged performances more than make up for the apparent lack of sentiment in Stravinsky’s music (BIS Records).

    All Music Review, Blair Sanderson, 10.06.2016