VAASA CITY ORCHESTRA
Vaasa City Orchestra comprises 31 musicians. James Lowe has been the chief conductor of the orchestra since January 2016. The orchestra works and performs in the historical Vaasa City Hall, in the center of Vaasa.
Regular orchestral concerts in Vaasa date back to 1930, when an Orchestra Society was founded in the town. In 1974, the orchestra became part of the City of Vaasa.
In addition to traditional symphonic, concerts, the orchestra does school concert tours in Vaasa and its neighboring municipalities.The orchestra frequently collaborates with other orchestras, and occasionally embarks on international tours, having visited for instance Nordic countries, Italy and USA.
Vaasa City Orchestra appears at various festivals during summertime such as Ilmajoki Music Festival, Korsholm Music Festival and Lohtaja Church Music Festival. Vaasa City Orchestra has also performed together with international artists at Vaasa Festival.
The orchestra also collaborates with Vaasa Opera Foundation and the Vaasa City Theatre.
Since the beginning of the 21th century, Jyväskylä Sinfonia has filled its concert halls year after year and the seats are always almost sold out. The orchestra’s chief conductor Ville Matvejeff began his work in the beginning of 2014 and will continue until 2022.
The orchestra has 39 full-time musicians and the orchestra performs for more than 30.000 people every year. Each year, Jyväskylä Sinfonia organizes over 100 music events ranging from classical symphony concerts to chamber music concerts, open-minded entertaining evenings, and audience development events.
Jyväskylä Sinfonia was established in 1955, when the Jyväskylän Orkesteriyhdistys association took on the activities of the city orchestra under conductor Ahti Karjalainen. The orchestra was first municipalized in 1965, and has also taken the form of a private business time and again. Over the years, the orchestra has been conducted by Jukka Hapuoja, Onni Kelo, Jorma Svanström, Kyösti Haatanen, William Boughton, Ari Rasilainen, Markus Lehtinen and Patrick Gallois.
The discography of the orchestra includes more than 40 recordings with several record companies. The most successful recording is “Lauluja merelle” (Songs of the sea) composed by Lasse Mårtenson with soloist Karita Mattila, which has sold in 80.000 copies.