Klaus Mäkelä
Conductor / Cello

A graduate of the Sibelius Academy, Klaus Mäkelä has already made an impact on the Finnish musical landscape

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Charlie-Rose Terry +49 (0)89 6797 10446

Biography

Still in his early twenties, conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä has already made a significant impact on the Finnish musical landscape. The 2017/18 season will see him make important debuts across Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and Japan.

This season Mäkelä debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Lahti, Norrköping, Iceland and Kristiansand symphony orchestras, Kammerakademie Potsdam (where he will also lead from the cello), and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He will also return to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki and Turku philharmonic orchestras and Tapiola Sinfonietta

Also working in opera, Mäkelä will make his debut in December 2017 with performances of The Magic Flute with the Finnish National Opera. His relationship with the FNO began in 2016/17 conducting a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino and assisted for Carmen. Mäkelä has also been announced as Esa-Pekka Salonen’s assistant for the Finnish National Opera’s Ring Cycle beginning in 2019. 

Still in his early twenties, conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä has already made a significant impact on the Finnish musical landscape. The 2017/18 season will see him make important debuts across Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and Japan.

This season Mäkelä debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Lahti, Norrköping, Iceland and Kristiansand symphony orchestras, Kammerakademie Potsdam (where he will also lead from the cello), and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He will also return to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki and Turku philharmonic orchestras and Tapiola Sinfonietta

Also working in opera, Mäkelä will make his debut in December 2017 with performances of The Magic Flute with the Finnish National Opera. His relationship with the FNO began in 2016/17 conducting a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino and assisted for Carmen. Mäkelä has also been announced as Esa-Pekka Salonen’s assistant for the Finnish National Opera’s Ring Cycle beginning in 2019. 

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Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Charlie-Rose Terry +49 (0)89 6797 10446

Reviews

"A high level of performance, led by Klaus Mäkelä, glowed with colour... Young Mäkelä delivered a masterpiece  as an opera conductor” (Helsingin Sanomat, May 2017) 

“Oulu Symphony Orchestra  seemed obviously liberated by the Mäkelä’s energy, particularly in Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 op. 92 in which the jubilation could be sensed throughout the whole hall. “ (Kaleva newspaper, January 2017) 

“Our country's music education system has produced a number of internationally successful conductors. The latest addition is 20-year-old Klaus Mäkelä. With a bright talent and determination he captured the audience of the Kymi Sinfonietta concert. His bold movements encouraged the Orchestra to play with real feeling.” (Kymen Sanomat, October 2016)

"A high level of performance, led by Klaus Mäkelä, glowed with colour... Young Mäkelä delivered a masterpiece  as an opera conductor” (Helsingin Sanomat, May 2017) 

“Oulu Symphony Orchestra  seemed obviously liberated by the Mäkelä’s energy, particularly in Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 op. 92 in which the jubilation could be sensed throughout the whole hall. “ (Kaleva newspaper, January 2017) 

“Our country's music education system has produced a number of internationally successful conductors. The latest addition is 20-year-old Klaus Mäkelä. With a bright talent and determination he captured the audience of the Kymi Sinfonietta concert. His bold movements encouraged the Orchestra to play with real feeling.” (Kymen Sanomat, October 2016)

“Mäkelä conducted gloriously – self confident and powerful, but at the same time graceful and controlled.” (Rondo Classic, March 2016)

The young Klaus Mäkelä is a great conducting talent. His debut with Tapiola Sinfonietta showed that in front of the orchestra he has a natural authority. His musical abilities are so strong that it's easy for him to gain the trust of the musicians. In Tchaikovsky's Mozartiana and Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, he demonstrated his fine sense of phrasing, sound, rhythm and nuance.” Helsingin Sanomat, January 2016)

“Klaus Mäkelä is an extraordinary talent, who will go far. He manages to channel his musical expression in a constructive way.” (Huvudstadsbladet, January 2016)

“You can already now say that Klaus Mäkela is a true conductor” (Turun Sanomat, March 2015)

“Gubaidulina’s score provided ample opportunity to showcase cellist Klaus Mäkelä’s formidable talents: the controlled swells of the opening, the clearly defined rapid pizzicato passages, and the sustained intensity during the broad ascending lines.” (Resmusica, July 2014)

“Klaus Mäkelä, only 18 years old, played Dvořák's Cello Concerto totally sovereignly” (Turun Sanomat, February 2014)