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Sasha Mäkilä invited in the jury of Prémio Jovens Músicos

This year marks the 30th edition of Prémio Jovens Músicos, the national competition for young musicians in Portugal, and this time the disciplines include orchestral conducting for the very first time. Maestro Sasha Mäkilä will serve in the jury alongside maestros...

Summer festival season in Mikkeli, St. Petersburg and Pärnu

This summer season maestro Mäkilä is returning to the Gergiev Festival Mikkeli to conduct a joint concert with St Michel Strings and the artists of the Mariinsky Theatre. In St. Petersburg he is starting a new collaboration with the Tchaikovsky Ballet and conducting...

Two debuts and more for spring 2016

The spring concert season will see maestro Sasha Mäkilä conducting his debuts with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in February and with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in March. He will also return to the Pori Sinfonietta after nine years to perform with the latest...

Mariinsky Theatre debut on December 10 to be webcast live

This fall maestro Sasha Mäkilä will conduct two debuts in Russia, with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra on November 14 and 15, and with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra on December 10. He has also been re-invited to conduct the Krasnoyarsk Symphony...

St Michel Strings Sibelius 150 Tour starts from Geoje, South Korea

St Michel Strings is making a six concert tour in Asia to celebrate 150 years of Jean Sibelius. The first three concerts will take place in South Korea, in Geoje, Seoul and Yongin, and they will feature a full Sibelius program with the Korean violinist Hyuk Joo Kwun...

Saimaa Sinfonietta concert to be streamed live on Dec 5

Saimaa Sinfonietta will webcast the concert in Mikkeli on December 5th at 19:00 (UTC/GMT +2) to celebrate the Finnish Independence Day. The program will be all Sibelius - Valse Romantique op. 62b, Violin concerto in D minor op. 47, and Symphony No. 3 in C major Op....

St. Michel Strings concert to be streamed live on Nov 20

St. Michel Strings will webcast the concert on November 20th featuring harpsichordist Matias Häkkinen and flautist Sami Junnonen. This concert will finish Sasha Mäkilä's cycle of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with St. Michel Strings, and the program will be...

Sasha Mäkilä’s conducting masterclasses in Pärnu and Mikkeli

In 2014 Sasha Mäkilä will be teaching two more conducting masterclasses, one in Pärnu, Estonia in May 18 - 24 and one in Mikkeli, Finland in June 27 - July 3. The active participants will all get a minimum of 20 minutes podium time during the rehearsal days, plus they...

Success in South Korea for Sasha Mäkilä and St. Michel Strings

This year's Great Mountains Music Festival, the most prestigious classical music summer event in South Korea, invited maestro Sasha Mäkilä to be the festival conductor and in this capacity to conduct both the GMMFS Festival Orchestra as well as his own ensemble St....

Sasha Mäkilä gets the Pacius Award 2013

Since 1991, the University of Helsinki has each year presented a person or organisation with the Pacius Award for considerable efforts to advance the musical life of the University. The award is given to honour the memory of Pacius. HYMS, the music society of the...