Klaus Mäkelä is only 25, and already belongs to the top league of international rostrum stars. He has been chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic since 2020, and 2022 sees him take up another top position as music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Parallel to these responsibilities, the Helsinki native also conducts other leading classical orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam,whose silken sound and flexibility bring it a widespread reputation as one of the world's very best orchestras.
This outstanding team comes to Hamburg with two key works of the symphonic repertoire: Shostakovich's epic Sixth Symphony with its movements rich in contrast stirred up dissent in the ranks of Soviet music critics in 1939, while Tchaikovsky's melancholy and passionate Sixth, nicknamed the »Pathétique«, is one of the biggest symphonic hits in music history. He completed the score just a few days before his sudden death, making it a moving farewell to the world.
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conductor Klaus Mäkelä
Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 54
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Piotr I. Tschaikowsky
Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 74 »Pathétique«
About Klaus Mäkelä
Klaus Mäkelä has been chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since the beginning of the 2020/21 season. In addition, he will be taking up the post of music director of the Orchestre de Paris with effect from 2022. Among his other professional commitments are a position as guest conductor with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and a close cooperation with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with which he has embarked on a Beethoven cycle, and he is also artistic director of the Turku Music Festival in Finnland.
He made his debut as an opera conductor at the Finnish National Opera with a production of Mozart's »Zauberflöte« und a concert performance of Erkki Melartin's »Aino«. His latest career highlights were appearances with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the hr Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In September 2020 his outstanding debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra led to two more invitations to conduct the Amsterdam musicians this season.
Klaus Mäkelä studied orchestral conducting and cello at Finland's prestigious Sibelius Academy. As a soloist he has played with several major Finnish orchestras, and has also appeared at festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.
During the 2021/2022 season, Klaus Mäkelä is putting on a cycle of the complete Sibelius symphonies together with the Oslo Philharmonic.
About the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888 and was given the title of royal orchestra exactly 100 years later. Queen Máxima is its patron. It is widely regarded as one of the world's best orchestras and works together with leading conductors: composers like Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky stood on the rostrum on more than one occasion. To this day, the orchestra maintains longstanding relationships with contemporary composers.
The special, individual sound of the Concertgebouw Orchestra is due in no small part to the unique acoustics of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. No less important has been the influence of various chief conductors, of whom there have been seven to date: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti. Iván Fischer has held the position of honorary conductor since the start of the present season.
In addition to some 80 concerts a year in the Concertgebouw, the musicians make another 40 or so appearances at the world's leading concert venues. The ensemble also increases its radius with the help of videos, streaming and radio and television appearances. It has released numerous CDs and DVDs on its own label, Concertgebouworkest Live. Last but not least, the orchestra also supports young European musicians with its annual orchestral academy and the youth orchestra Concertgebouw Young.
The Concertgebouw Orchestra receives support from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as from many international sponsors and foundations.