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. The artistic directorship of Honorary Conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow (1993–2006) was of decisive importance to the shaping of the orchestra’s current sound.
Among the Artists in Association have been pianists Olli Mustonen and Alexander Melnikov, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conductors Mario Venzago and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
In the season 2019/2020 the Artists in Association are conductor-cellist Klaus Mäkelä, and guitarist Marzi Nyman. Artist in Residence 2019/2020 is Taavi Oramo who works as a conductor, singer, clarinetist and in the field of electronic music.
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 has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. The trained singer and Conductor in Residence of the Estonian National Opera has already held major artistic positions, such as Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015 to 2019. He succeeded at important competitions and conducted some of the world’s most distinguished orchestras. From this season Risto Joost is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Theatre Vanemuine Tartu.
Risto Joost is in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Helsinki Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Prague Radio Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell Teatro La Fenice, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony, Estonian National Symphony, Latvian National Symphony, among others. In addition he collaborated with the RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir among others.
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 Flanders Symphony, Dortmund Philharmonic, return visits to Bergen Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Slovenian Philharmonic, WKO Heilbronn, Janacek Philharmonic among others.
His discography includes 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. He was Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012.
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.
He founded the chamber choir Voces Musicales in Estonia in 1999 and has been Artistic Director of the Birgitta Festival Tallinn in 2017 and 2018.
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Jonathan Roozeman violoncello
Finnish-Dutch cellist and rising star, Jonathan Roozeman is already establishing himself as a player of exceptional musical integrity. His phenomenal, expansive and versatile sound lends itself not only to works of the core classical repertory, but those by Kabalevsky, Kokkonen, Vieuxtemps and Sallinen. He has been recognized by top conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Dima Slobodeniouk, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and been invited by leading orchestras including: The Mariinsky Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements in 2019/20 include: a return to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, hr-Sinfonieorchester with Christoph Eschenbach, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi conducted by Edo de Waart, Tampere Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony, and a performance of Alexey Shor’s Cello Concerto with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan will return to the Ark Hills Festival in Tokyo which will include chamber performances with Fumiaki Miura and Nobuyuki Tsujii and a collaboration with Fumiaki Miura and Varvara in Spain. He will also appear at the Baroque on the Edge Festival in London together with bass guitarist, Lauri Porra, presenting their ‘Bach Reimagined’ project.