Jul 27, 2016


The FCO celebrates the work of Jouni Kaipainen, who died in November 2015, during their annual summer residency at Tammisaari. Kaipainen was a part of the same generation of musicians as Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and this year the orchestra will perform his Carpe Diem for Clarinet for orchestra and Yölauluja (Nocturnal Songs). The final concert of the festival will showcase a line of composers who have influenced the Finnish musical tradition, of which Kaipainen was also a part: these include Max Reger, Aarre Merikanto and Paavo Heininen.

The FCO started its activities in 1991, when a group of leading Helsinki-based musicians invited Jukka-Pekka Saraste to be their artistic advisor. Their aim was to invite the foremost musicians in Finland – both soloists and orchestral players – to form a new orchestra which would perform regularly in Finland and abroad. Eventually, a need grew for a regular performance venue, when the city of Tammisaari offered the possibility of a summer residency, with concerts in the historic church in its old town. This resulted in the annual Tammisaari Festival, which marks its 17th anniversary this year.

The main aim of the Festival has always been to demonstrate the finest qualities of Finnish orchestral playing, and to show how ensemble playing has developed over the years in Finland, namely through the personalities of leading Finnish musicians, composers and conductors, and through a rich and diverse artistic programming.

It has always aimed to showcase the work of living composers, which over the years have included that of Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Jukka Tiensuu and lately, Johannes Piirto. The Festival’s programming stands as a clear reflection of the philosophy of the Finnish musical tradition which started with Avanti and the Korvat Auki movement – advocating the ability to freely and confidently program music from any era at any time.