Mar 10, 2020


Jukka-Pekka initiates a new festival in the village of Fiskars, Finland, to showcase his newly-established LEAD! Foundation, dedicated to supporting the emerging careers of young musicians and conductors by teaching leadership- and self-management skills. The festival will run from 1-8 August 2020, and will feature chamber music concerts, workshops and seminars on the subject of leadership, and a symphony concert in collaboration the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, with Truls Mørk as the soloist. Themes of leadership, independence and knowledge of the classical music business will run throughout the festival, which is supported by Fiskars Village, and directed by leading musicians from top international orchestras.

The festival will also include a masterclass for young conductors, and will feature Jorma Panula – Jukka-Pekka’s own teacher – as a special guest.

His first initiative involving mentorship and teaching, Jukka-Pekka says:

This is my first organised mentorship scheme for young artists. During my professional life I have always tried to help musicians and young conductors wherever I can, but I find the context of LEAD! the most inspiring and well-suited for giving support – working with both musicians and conductors together to produce the maximum for a musical performance.
It’s about how an individual can collaborate constructively and contribute his or her utmost to a musical performance, and showing them how to do this.