Klaus Mäkelä to be Chief Conductor Concertgebouw Orchestra

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As Inventive Associate, 26-year-old Finnish-born Klaus Mäkelä will lead the Concertgebouw Orchestra, beginning this August with live shows on the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cologne Philharmonie and Berlin Philharmonie — the latter of which would be the opening live performance of the Musikfest Berlin. Through the 2022/2023 season, Mäkelä will lead the ensemble in 5 applications.

After making his first efficiency with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in September 2020, the musicians and administration invited him again on quite a few events, together with within the present season on tour to Hamburg and Reykjavík.

The Concertgebouw Orchestra has established a convention of long-term collaborations with conductors from early on of their careers — resembling Willem Mengelberg, Bernard Haitink, and Riccardo Chailly. As such, Mäkelä will function Inventive Associate for 5 seasons earlier than changing into the Chief Conductor.

“That is an orchestra of outstanding musicians with a shared curiosity and ambition for music-making at its most touching and communicative,” Mäkelä mentioned. “Listening to the Concertgebouw Orchestra sound as soon as leaves one admiring it without end and I’m honoured to be accountable to protect and contribute to its future growth. I’m so grateful to the orchestra and its administration for welcoming me with open arms and I sit up for all of the shared moments on and off stage within the years to come back.”

A graduate of the Sibelius Academy, the place he studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Mäkelä is the Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. An unique Decca Classics Artist, Mäkelä has recorded the whole Sibelius symphony cycle with the ensemble, launched in March 2022.

He additionally serves as Music Director of Orchestre de Paris and Inventive Director of the Turku Music Competition.

Jörgen van Rijen, Principal trombone and chairman of the inventive committee commented on the appointment: “I communicate on behalf of all my fellow orchestra musicians after I say that we wholeheartedly select for a long-term collaboration with conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

“Hardly ever have we skilled such an awesome assist from our musicians for a brand new chief conductor,” he added. “To us, Klaus is a musician amongst musicians, and a once-in-a-generation conducting expertise. Together with his deep understanding and command of a broad vary of repertoire and his inspiring inventive imaginative and prescient and vitality, Klaus brings out the very best in us.”