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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.

Recent highlights as a guest conductor include performances with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Mäkelä is chief conductor designate of the Oslo Philharmonic and will assume the position at the beginning of the 2020/21 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.

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.

In the 2020/21 season, Klaus Mäkelä makes his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest.

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.

Recent highlights as a guest conductor include performances with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Mäkelä is chief conductor designate of the Oslo Philharmonic and will assume the position at the beginning of the 2020/21 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.

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.

In the 2020/21 season, Klaus Mäkelä makes his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest.