The IV International Uuno Klami Composition Competition (2018-2019) received a record number of entries – 283 from 38 countries. The five works chosen for the finals were performed by the Kymi Sinfonietta under conductor Olari Elts at finals concerts held in Kouvola on November 14 and Kotka on November 15, 2019. The soloists were Valentina Coladonato (soprano), Oleg Larionov (viola), Risto-Matti Marin (piano) and Heigo Rosin (marimba).
Kymi Sinfonietta - The orchestra of two cities
Launched on January 1, 1999, the Kymi Sinfonietta is a unique orchestra owned by two cities. It nevertheless has long traditions, consisting of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras amalgamated at the end of 1998. Keen amateurs have, furthermore, been playing orchestral music in the region for at least a hundred years.
An ultra-interesting programme full of surprises.
Talented young players from the region’s music colleges feature as soloists and members of the orchestra in this eagerly-awaited annual spring event. Listen to the stars of the future and enjoy a varied musical menu for a wide range of soloists.
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is known particularly for its catchy rhythms. Back in its day, one critic said the last movement sounded as if Beethoven had lost his mind. In this “Apotheosis of the dance” the dance-like symphony is framed by impressive dance suites by Blacher and Raitio. The soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 is world-famous Alexander Melnikov.
A fine feast of Italian music with top soloists and flavoursome arrangements by Antti Rissanen, from La Strada to Lazzarella and Mambo Italiano to O sole mio.
The traditional start to Easter: Bach’s St. John Passion
Strings, winds and brass of the Kymi Sinfonietta in concerts around the region.
Rising, multi-talented musician and conductor Taavi Oramo makes his debut with us, as does the commission from Sauli Zinovjev.
Items by well-known composers for the silver screen in a concert that well demonstrates the role of music in creating events and moods.
One of the high points of the Beethoven jubilee: a work commissioned from Jarkko Hartikainen sets the scene for Beethoven’s mighty Eroica symphony. Some much-loved French music finds ace flautist Sharon Bezaly in sentimental mood.