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Klaus
Mäkelä

Conductor

Klaus Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. As a soloist, the young Finnish musician has performed with several Finnish orchestras and has appeared at Finnish festivals like Kuhmo Chamber Music.

Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic as from the 2020/21 season, and was recently appointed chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, where he will assume his position in the 2022-23 season. Furthermore, he is principal guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, artist-in-association with Tapiola Sinfonietta (where he has embarked on a Beethoven cycle), and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival in Finland.

Recent highlights as a guest conductor include performances with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In September 2020 he made an outstanding debut with the Concertgebouworkest.

Also working in opera, Mäkelä made his operatic debut with the Finnish National Opera conducting Mozart’s Zauberflöte and a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino.

Klaus Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. As a soloist, the young Finnish musician has performed with several Finnish orchestras and has appeared at Finnish festivals like Kuhmo Chamber Music.

Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic as from the 2020/21 season, and was recently appointed chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, where he will assume his position in the 2022-23 season. Furthermore, he is principal guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, artist-in-association with Tapiola Sinfonietta (where he has embarked on a Beethoven cycle), and artistic director of the Turku Music Festival in Finland.

Recent highlights as a guest conductor include performances with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In September 2020 he made an outstanding debut with the Concertgebouworkest.

Also working in opera, Mäkelä made his operatic debut with the Finnish National Opera conducting Mozart’s Zauberflöte and a concertante performance of Erkki Melartin’s Aino.