The Lahti Symphony Orchestra invites you to join its team for the Virtual Finlandia -hiihto

At the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in the spring of 2020, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra made a video combining individual recordings by more than sixty musicians of Sibelius’s Finlandia. In the spring of 2021, the orchestra will continue with the Finlandia theme by taking part on a corporate basis in the Virtual Finlandia -hiihto “ski marathon”. The orchestra would also like to invite all friends of music and sport to join the orchestra’s team (with the name ‘Sinfonia Lahti’).

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Approx. 800,000 views for the Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s online content during the Coronavirus

In addition, its two concert broadcasts on YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) have reached a total of some 100,000 listeners. Following the interruption of the orchestra’s normal concert activities by the coronavirus pandemic, online concerts and other content have become a key part of the orchestra’s alternative offering.

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A joint summer greeting for all students and teachers in Finland created by the Finnish symphony orchestras.

The Finnish symphony orchestras created a joint summer greeting for all students and teachers in Finland – conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen as musical advisor.

A massive orchestra, consisting of musicians from member orchestras of the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras, have made a virtual recording of the finale of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no 7, which will be released as a mosaic video on Friday May 29th at 9 am, to mark the ending of the orchestras spring seasons.

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Dalia Stasevska to become Chief Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra from 2021/22 season

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra has appointed Dalia Stasevska as its new Chief conductor with effect from the 2021/22 season, when Dima Slobodeniouk’s tenure ends. The Lahti Sports and Culture Committee reached this decision at a meeting on 20 May 2020. Stasevska’s contract term extends until the end of the season 2023/2024, and from 2021 she will also take on the role of artistic director of the orchestra’s international Sibelius Festival. Stasevska, whose international career is making rapid headway, has also been Principal Guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London since 2019.

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Lahti Symphony Orchestra debuting in Moscow

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra has been invited to give a concert at the Rostropovitš Festival to be held in Moscow on Sunday 29 March 2020. The concert will be led by the principal conductor of the orchestra Dima Slobodeniouk and featured by the Norwegian top cellist, Grammy winner Truls Mørk as a soloist.

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THE SIBELIUS FESTIVAL’S NURSERY GARDEN

In the autumn of 2020 the Lahti Symphony Orchestra is organizing a new type of concert including the first performances of five new orchestral works. Is your composition one of them? The mentors will be Lotta Wennäkoski, Perttu Haapanen, Riikka Talvitie, Sebastian Fagerlund and Matthew Whittall.

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Anja Bihlmaier to become Principal Guest Conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra in autumn 2020

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra and its principal conductor Dima Slobodeniouk will gain a new artistic partner when the conductor Anja Bihlmaier takes up the position of the orchestra’s principal guest conductor in the autumn of 2020. The contract, which runs until the end of the spring 2023 season, includes three to four concerts each year and an option for a two-year extension.

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Karita Mattila and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra among the guests at Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s Sibelius Festival

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 20th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti from 5–8 September 2019. The thematic concepts for this jubilee festival are songs and stories, and the festival’s artistic director is Dima Slobodeniouk, principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Ticket sales begin on Monday 14 January 2019 at Lippupiste outlets and online, and from the Sibelius Hall box office.

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Slobodeniouk continues as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Dima Slobodeniouk’s tenure as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra will be extended after the end of his existing contract, which runs until the spring of 2019. At a meeting on 25 April 2018 Lahti’s Board of Sports and Culture approved the deal struck with Slobodeniouk for the contract to be extended.

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Recording by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra wins BBC Music Magazine Award in London

A recording by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra gained a prestigious BBC Music Magazine Award in the concerto category in London on Thursday 5 April 2018. The surround-sound hybrid SACD recording on the BIS label (BIS-2206 SACD) contains bassoon concertos by Kalevi Aho and Sebastian Fagerlund (Mana). The soloist is the Dutch bassoonist Bram van Sambeek, and the orchestra is conducted by its current and former principal conductors, Dima Slobodeniouk (Aho) and Okko Kamu (Fagerlund). The disc also features Fagerlund’s solo piece Woodlands, written at the same time as his concerto, and Aho’s dramatic Solo V.

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