Klaus Mäkelä
Conductor / Cello

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

Contacts

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

Biography

The 20 year old has conducted major Finnish orchestras, including Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, all with reinvitations. In the 2015/16 season, he made outstanding debuts with Gothenburg Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta, as well as conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Festival.

The 20 year old has conducted major Finnish orchestras, including Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, all with reinvitations. In the 2015/16 season, he made outstanding debuts with Gothenburg Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta, as well as conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Festival.

This season will see Mäkelä make his conducting debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, as well as returning to the Helsinki, Tampere and Turku philharmonic orchestras, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, St. Michel Strings and Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester. Other highlights of the season include making his debut with Kymi Sinfonietta as conductor and soloist, recording with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducting a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino for Finnish National Opera.

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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

“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)

“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)