Music in Turku x 5

In Turku, music fans are really spoiled, with classical music festivals, a Capella sounds and energetic jazz concerts.

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1Turku Jazz Festival

Turku Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with the legends of world jazz over five days in March 2019. At the celebratory concert, presented in the magnificent Åbo Svenska Teateri on 7th March, there will be performances from the revolutionary 1970’s percussion sound of Billy Cobham, as well as the saxophonist rhythms of the Eero Koivistoinen quartet, who performed at the first Turku Jazz Festival.

Come to the festival and experience why Jazz is considered best heard live. In the clubs and concert halls of Turku, the unique sounds of the stars reverberate close by, so check out the calendar and find out what kind of musical experiences there are to enjoy.

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2Turku Music Festival

With changing dynamics from echoes in Turku Castle and the intimate concerts in Turku’s cultural venues, the melodies created by Finland’s oldest music festival will resonate throughout the body of every listener. 

Founded in 1960, the annual Turku Music Festival will be held from 6th–16th August 2020, already for the second time under the leadership of artistic director, Klaus Mäkelä.  At the famous gathering, Finland’s stars of classical music share the euphoria of music through dozens of concerts. Up-to-date programme information for the event can be found at the website below.

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3Key Ensemble

Key Ensemble is a Turku-based choir that has received praise and awards at every turn, and which is known for its rich a cappella sound and innovative repertoire. 

In the fall of 2019, the choir will organize a series of concerts around the city called Laulun mahti, which seeks solutions to current and global issues such as climate change, racism, polarization and marginalization through choral music. Read more from the website!

4Musicians of the King’s Road

Musicians of the Kings Road, Baroque Orchestra and Choir

Musicians of the Kings Road are a Turku-based group of professional musicians, consisting of a high-profile baroque orchestra and choir, specialising in rare pieces by European composers, performed as they were historically on period instruments.

The Musicians of the Kings Road are the only Finnish group to have performed in the concert hall of St Petersburg’s legendary Capella. The Musicians of the Kings Road have also performed to the King and Queen of Sweden, the EU’s commissioner for culture Tibor Navracsics, for tenor Plácido Domingo and before the family of the deceased Luciano Pavarotti.

The services of Musicians of the Kings Road are also available for private occasions, with many expert professionals and experienced specialists available.

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5Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Turku is Finland’s cradle of culture, so it makes sense that the country’s oldest orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, originated in Turku. The predecessor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Turun Soitannollinen Seura, was founded in 1790. The legendary Leif Segerstam will work as the Philharmonic’s chief conductor until the end of spring 2019. The main guest during 2017–2019 is the Lithuanian-born conductor and star violinist Julian Rachlin.  

The home of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is the Turku Concert Hall, Finland’s first purposefully designed and built concert hall. The Philharmonic’s fabulous programme can be explored through the link below.

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