The Kymi Sinfonietta is one of the leading Finnish orchestras of its size. It is a dynamic ensemble of 32 regular players, it performs with conductors and soloists of the highest international calibre. The broad, highly-acclaimed repertoire and the first-rate concerts, performed with a burning passion for music have won the Kymi Sinfonietta a devoted following. The orchestra has also helped to mastermind and organise a variety of musical and cultural events and is famous for engaging in active musical dialogue with top living composers.
Though not officially formed until January 1, 1999, the Kymi Sinfonietta has long traditions, being made up of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras merged at the end of 1998. Combining their resources enabled the two cities to create a dynamic sinfonietta-sized orchestra.
The orchestra’s first Artistic Director, Juha Nikkola, quickly succeeded in welding the players in the Kymi Sinfonietta into a homogeneous unit. As Principal Guest Conductor (2004-2006) Dima Slobodeniouk added new features to the orchestra’s repertoire. The artistic direction was in the hands of charismatic conductor Yasuo Shinozaki from the beginning of 2007 to the summer 2014.
Concerts by the Kymi Sinfonietta are held weekly in its home halls Kotka Concert Hall and Kouvola City Hall or Kuusankoski Hall. The orchestra has also won acclaim outside its home province on its tours to St. Petersburg in 2003, 2012 and 2013, China in 2008, Netherlands in 2007, London in 2010 and Riga, Latvia in 2011. The Kymi Sinfonietta has also collaborated -- as the only orchestra in the world -- with the famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, playing several joint concerts with them both in St. Petersburg and in Kymenlaakso.
In 2004 and 2009 the Kymi Sinfonietta aroused international admiration as the orchestra premiered the finals works in the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition. These concerts were broadcast to several countries.
The Kymi Sinfonietta has a very broad repertoire ranging from small chamber works to large symphonies, occasionally joining forces with other orchestras for the performance of the latter. It released its first, critically-acclaimed disc Klami Rhapsodie on the Alba label in 2002. One of the items on this disc was the world premiere recording of Finnish composer’s Uuno Klami’s incidental music to the play The Prodigal Son. This cd was followed by the opera The Journey by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. Newest disc has also been a success, consisting of Uuno Klami’s compositions.