Jul 20, 2017


2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Finland breaking free from Russia, 1917 being the year that Lenin signed the country’s agreement of independence.

Producing and performing music have long served as strong contributors to the idea of a Finnish identity. After Sibelius, a rich period in Finnish music history started in the late 1970’s with operas by Sallinen and Kokkonen. The following generation of composers included Magnus Lindberg, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho, who opened Finland’s doors to the European tradition. These events contributed to opening up the Finnish musical scene to the outside world.

The Finnish Chamber Orchestra sees it as the time to look to the future, and Tammisaari 2017 provides the framework for investing in and encouraging the future generation of musicians, this year focusing on young performers. In collaboration with its Youth Akademia programme, the FCO has invited a number of young, gifted musicians to join the orchestra and to perform as soloists, in the hope that they will benefit from the experience of the FCO musicians, who have lived through much of the most productive time in Finnish musical development.

Read more about the concerts