conductor, artistic partner

Klaus Mäkelä

Klaus Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Orchestre de Paris and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. In June 2022, the Concertgebouw Orchestra announced that in a ten-year commitment, Mäkelä is joining the orchestra as artistic partner with effect from the 2022-23 season, then as chief conductor from 2027.

An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, the Finnish conductor has recorded the complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label. Its March 2022 release was followed by a tour, which included the Sibelius cycle performed during residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and concerts at the Paris Philharmonie and London Barbican.

His first season as music director of the Orchestre de Paris featured a new work by Unsuk Chin, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and music by Biber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Ligeti and Dutilleux.

In the summer of 2022 Mäkelä makes his first appearance at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic and returns to the Verbier Festival to conduct the Verbier Festival and Verbier Festival Chamber orchestras as well as perform as a chamber musician.

In the 2022-23 season, Mäkelä returns as a guest conductor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and London Philharmonic, and makes his first appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and the Gewandhausorchester.

In September 2020, his outstanding debut prompted the Concertgebouw Orchestra to invite him back twice in the same season, and twice in the 2021-22 season. As artistic partner, Mäkelä will be working extensively with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the 2022-23 season, the Finnish conductor will be closely collaborating with the orchestra in five different programmes. In the following years, the number will continue to increase with each season.

Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. He has performed as a soloist with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Klaus Mäkelä - image: Marco Borggreve

Klaus Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Orchestre de Paris and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. In June 2022, the Concertgebouw Orchestra announced that in a ten-year commitment, Mäkelä is joining the orchestra as artistic partner with effect from the 2022-23 season, then as chief conductor from 2027.

An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, the Finnish conductor has recorded the complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label. Its March 2022 release was followed by a tour, which included the Sibelius cycle performed during residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and concerts at the Paris Philharmonie and London Barbican.

His first season as music director of the Orchestre de Paris featured a new work by Unsuk Chin, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and music by Biber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Ligeti and Dutilleux.

In the summer of 2022 Mäkelä makes his first appearance at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic and returns to the Verbier Festival to conduct the Verbier Festival and Verbier Festival Chamber orchestras as well as perform as a chamber musician.

In the 2022-23 season, Mäkelä returns as a guest conductor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and London Philharmonic, and makes his first appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and the Gewandhausorchester.

In September 2020, his outstanding debut prompted the Concertgebouw Orchestra to invite him back twice in the same season, and twice in the 2021-22 season. As artistic partner, Mäkelä will be working extensively with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the 2022-23 season, the Finnish conductor will be closely collaborating with the orchestra in five different programmes. In the following years, the number will continue to increase with each season.

Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. He has performed as a soloist with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Klaus Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Orchestre de Paris and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. In June 2022, the Concertgebouw Orchestra announced that in a ten-year commitment, Mäkelä is joining the orchestra as artistic partner with effect from the 2022-23 season, then as chief conductor from 2027.

An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, the Finnish conductor has recorded the complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label. Its March 2022 release was followed by a tour, which included the Sibelius cycle performed during residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and concerts at the Paris Philharmonie and London Barbican.

His first season as music director of the Orchestre de Paris featured a new work by Unsuk Chin, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and music by Biber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Ligeti and Dutilleux.

In the summer of 2022 Mäkelä makes his first appearance at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic and returns to the Verbier Festival to conduct the Verbier Festival and Verbier Festival Chamber orchestras as well as perform as a chamber musician.

In the 2022-23 season, Mäkelä returns as a guest conductor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra and London Philharmonic, and makes his first appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and the Gewandhausorchester.

In September 2020, his outstanding debut prompted the Concertgebouw Orchestra to invite him back twice in the same season, and twice in the 2021-22 season. As artistic partner, Mäkelä will be working extensively with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the 2022-23 season, the Finnish conductor will be closely collaborating with the orchestra in five different programmes. In the following years, the number will continue to increase with each season.

Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. He has performed as a soloist with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

  • Klaus Mäkelä is conducting the Concertgebouworkest - image: Milagro Elstak
    Klaus Mäkelä is conducting the Concertgebouworkest - image: Milagro Elstak
  • image: Gashouder image: Arjan Veldt
    image: Gashouder image: Arjan Veldt
  • Klaus Mäkelä - image: Marco Borggreve
    Klaus Mäkelä - image: Marco Borggreve
  • Klaus Mäkelä - image: Marco Borggreve
    Klaus Mäkelä - image: Marco Borggreve