Turku Music Festival
Turku Music Festival 8.-22.8.2019
There will be large orchestral concerts, opera, chamber music, recitals, jazz as well as experiences for the whole family. Responsible for the festival’s programme is the artistic director, conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä. This year’s exceptionally broad chamber music series brings together top musicians to explore thematic programmes ranging from the Finnish psyche to eternal damnation.
The Festival gets off to a head start with a concert performance of Handel’s opera Agrippina on 2 June 2019. The performance will be given by top-notch international soloists and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro under Maxim Emelyanychev. Baroque music will also be performed by Concerto Köln, one of the finest period ensembles in Europe, with baritone Benjamin Appl, in a programme of music from cantatas by J.S. Bach.
The timeline of music performed at the festival extends from early to contemporary. Sauli Zinovjev, our composer-in-residence, will be featured with a world premiere and a festival fanfare. The Festival’s series of star-studded recitals continues with American soprano Nadine Sierra and pianist Eytan Pessen. French-Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili dazzles in a solo recital at Sigyn Hall. And at the shipyard in Ruissalo, a compelling combo of stand-up, beatbox and music is provided by André Wickström, Felix Zenger and Tommy Lindgren.
Poetry is the inspiration for a Shakespeare-themed concert and for two concerts given by Claes Andersson and Julia Korkman at Turku Castle. The Festival’s home concerts this year are hosted at Brinkhall and Qvidja Manors, at Villa Solin, at the Archbishop’s residence, at the home of a Commodore and Turku Castle – home to the deposed and incarcerated King Erik XIV of Sweden in the 16th century.
The Festival opens with a concert by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra under Klaus Mäkelä, with tenor Ian Bostridge and soprano Dorothea Röschmann, both performing in Finland for the first time. The concluding concert is a guest concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra from St Petersburg under Valeri Gergiev, with violinist Julian Rachlin as soloist.