Helsinki Philhamonic Orchestra
Catch the dazzling concert marking the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra's Festival debut with Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki and soloist Andreas Haefliger.
The Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA
Finland’s finest classical ensemble, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is also Scandinavia’s oldest, and was famed for its many performances under the baton of Jean Sibelius. With current Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki, it’s a global musical force, celebrated for its sparkling colours and exquisitely detailed, thrilling performances.
Mälkki and the Orchestra bring a rare authenticity to the music of their compatriot Sibelius: his brooding Tapiola is a stirring tribute to Finland’s ancient forest spirit. Kaija Saariaho is one of Finland’s most brilliant living composers: her magical Vista is inspired by the Californian coastline, in seductive sounds that caress the ear.
Powerful Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger is the soloist in the piano concerto Gran Toccata by his compatriot Dieter Ammann. It’s a rollercoaster ride of energy and virtuosity, combining jazz, drama and unbridled fun.