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 2018/19 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.
Risto Joost conductor
The young Estonian conductor Risto Joost excels by his specialized versatility and is considered as one of the most innovative minds of the younger conductor scene. He has already held major artistic positions, succeeded at important competitions and conducted some of the world’s most distinguished orchestras.The trained singer and Conductor in Residence of the Estonian National Opera, is Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Birgitta Festival Tallinn 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 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Danish National Symphony Orchestra,, Mariinsky Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell Teatro La Fenice, Netherlands Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony, Latvian National Symphony, Odense Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic among others. In addition he collaborated with the RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir and Rundfunkchor Berlin.
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. At the Birgitta Festival Tallinn he led La Bohème in 2018.
Upcoming highlights are his debuts with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Wuppertal Symphony and various projects with the Janacek Philharmonic.
During this season Risto Joost conducts with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and MDR Leipzig Radio Choir Schubert Symphony No. 8 and Mass A flat major, Mahler Symphony No. 2, J.S. Bach/Mendelssohn St Matthew Passion and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.Read more
Pablo Ferrández cello
Pablo Ferrández was born in Madrid in 1991, and started playing the cello when he was three years old. As a soloist Pablo Ferrández has worked with conducts including Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Jurowski, Thomas Sondegard, Vassily Petrenko, Gabor Takacs, David Afkham, Robert Trevino, Alpesh Chauhan, Joshua Weilerstein, Andris Poga, Juanjo Mena, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Rossen Milanov and Aziz Shokhakimov. He most recently performed Brahms’ Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Madrid and Oxford. In this 1st Symphony Concert, Ferrández – described in the press as ‘one of the top cellists’ despite his tender age – will be making his debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. During this season he will also be appearing with renowned orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Scottish Symphony and many more.