Dec 18, 2021

Jukka-Pekka conducts the world premiere of new Salonen work

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new work, Kīnema (5 Scenes for solo clarinet and string orchestra) received its world premiere at Helsinki’s Musiikitalo on 15 December 2021, a commission by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Dec 3, 2021


25 November 2021
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

“Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 – “From the New World” – is the kind of glorious classic you think you’ve heard too many times in the past, but which under Saraste’s direction appeared like a new love.”

26 November 2021
Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter

Oct 22, 2021


7 October 2021
Danish National Symphony Orchestra

…it takes something special to create an organic interpretation of this symphony. 
… it’s of a simply terrifying tonal art, and Saraste let it stand in all its splendour, without overpowering horns and trombones. In the same fine way, he portrayed the extreme contrast – the following, quieter theme which is woven into the strings – with a focus on restrained expressiveness and tonal homogeneity.

12 October 2021
Valdemar Lønsted, Information

“If you listened on Thursday evening, you heard that Saraste chose the full-blooded approach to Bruckner’s work.”

“Saraste formed Bruckner freely, relatively slowly… Those who followed attentively, … had a lot to talk about afterwards.”

9 October 2021
Thomas Michelsen, Politiken

Jul 29, 2021

Fiskars Summer Festival — 2-8 August 2021

The Fiskars Summer Festival hosts LEAD! Foundation´s annual masterclass for young conductors and orchestra leaders.

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Jun 1, 2021


23 May 2021
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Christian Gerhaher

“”Lear”, one of the wildest, most demanding and oppressive scores, is … superbly and unravelled and developed by Jukka-Pekka Saraste in the most natural way. ”


25 May 2021
Markus Thiel , Münchner Merkur

May 3, 2021


Aribert Reimann’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy was premiered in Munich in 1978, with the role of King Lear written especially for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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Sep 8, 2020

Bruckner’s 8th Symphony in Ottobeuren Cathedral

Jukka-Pekka starts the 2020/21 season with two concerts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven in Passau and Bruckner in Ottobeuren Cathedral.
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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:

Jun 6, 2020


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