News/Reviews

Jun 11, 2020

LOOKING TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Jukka-Pekka establishes LEAD! Foundation Academy, a new training programme for young conductors and soloists.

Jukka-Pekka co-founds LEAD! Foundation Academy, which aims to prepare young conductors for their professional lives and to further develop the skills of those who have already started their careers.
LEAD! also aims to develop musical leadership- and communication skills in young soloists. The organisation provides tailor-made mentorship schemes to help aspiring orchestra leaders to master the musical, social and communicative aspects of their role.
Through masterclasses, coaching sessions and discussions led by Jukka-Pekka and a team of mentors which includes renowned conductors, experienced artistic administrators and top musicians from leading international orchestras, the organisation aims to foster an awareness of how the classical music industry of today functions, while developing technique, leadership skills and authentic personality in its students.
LEAD! Foundation Academy is based in Finland, and runs an annual festival and conductors’ masterclass in the village of Fiskars. It also runs regular online workshops for both conductors and soloists.

Read more about LEAD!’s upcoming projects here:
leadorchestraproject.com/news/

Jun 6, 2020

FISKARS SUMMER FESTIVAL BECOMES A CONDUCTORS’ MASTERCLASS

Important changes to LEAD!’s newly-established festival, 2-8 August 2020
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Mar 10, 2020

MAHLER – MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS, FRANCE

6 March 2020
Orchestre de Paris

“… the deeply respectful and intelligent leadership of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, passionate in this concert by the l’Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie… ”

10 March 2020
Vincent Guillemin, ResMusica.com
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Mar 7, 2020

MAHLER – PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, FRANCE

6 March 2020
Orchestre de Paris, Stéphane Degout

“(Saraste) offered a highly structured, elaborate and epic reading of the symphony. All four movements were closely linked, and threw into sharp relief the entire Orchestre de Paris, which gave the very best of itself.”

5 March 2020
José Pons, Olyrix.com

Jan 28, 2020

FAGERLUND/SHOSTAKOVICH – BARBICAN HALL, LONDON, ENGLAND

24 January 2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Karen Cargill

“…a superbly shaped performance of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony under Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s lean, focused direction. There is no redemption or silver lining in this wartime masterpiece, just trauma and terror followed by spiritual exhaustion. I was an emotional wreck by the end; I can’t imagine how the players felt.”

27 January 2020
Richard Morrison, The Times

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Nov 24, 2019

MAHLER 9 – GOTHENBURG CONCERT HALL, SWEDEN

13 & 15 November 2019
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

“Finnish star conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, renowned for his interpretations of Mahler’s music, introduced the first movement with an almost impressionistic sound; sparkling and shimmering. The melodies and the rapid turns were articulated with such feeling that one couldn’t help being swept away.”

“A highly sensitive performance — as luminous and clear as star dust”

18 November 2019
Monika Tunbäck-Hanson, Gp.se

Nov 8, 2019

MAHLER 8 – OSLO OPERA HOUSE, NORWAY

4 November 2019
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Choir, Norwegian National Opera Chorus & childrens choir

“Jukka Pekka Saraste demonstrated a liberating musical serenity, allowing Mahler’s genuine message to take centre stage. The Finnish Conductor was concise and secure at all times, a necessary condition for this work to be successful. The strings played with breathtaking beauty, and the expression of the winds shifted from sweetness to raw power as needed. The finale was formidable, eliciting an overwhelming response from the audience. 

The effect of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is deeply persuasive when everything works, when we as listeners experience that the multiple elements that make up our existence each has its own place. This lends inspiration, reflection, and insight. We need more of this.”

6 November 2019
Espen Selvik, Dagbladet.no

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Sep 24, 2019

KORNGOLD’S DIE TOTE STADT IN HELSINKI

Kasper Holten’s production of Die tote Stadt has its premiere on 5 October at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.
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Jul 15, 2019

MAHLER – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

5 July 2019
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Alban Gerhardt, Igor Levit, Pekka Kuusisto

“No matter what comes next, the Cologne audience will miss the man. … It has been impressive to witness how much the string group’s density of sound and intensity of phrasing has improved during his time. … Finally, Mahler’s Fifth. This was clearly a home game, where the orchestra returned the input invested with all possible vigour and brilliance. … A conductor with less style and taste might be tempted to show off, but the Maestro remained down to earth.”

8 July 2019
Markus Schwering, Kölner Stadtanzeiger

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