Impressive is the maturity of Mäkelä, a conductor with clear ideas and a gentle manner… For him, music and musicians come first.

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Official Biography

Klaus Mäkelä is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. With Orchestre de Paris he assumed the role of Music Director in September 2021 and has been the orchestra’s Artistic Advisor since the start of the 2020/21 season.

He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival. An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, Klaus Mäkelä has recorded the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label, to be released in 2022.

Klaus Mäkelä launched the Oslo Philharmonic 2021/22 season on 18 August with a special concert featuring Saariaho’s Asteroid 4179: Toutatis, Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, two new works by Norwegian composer Mette Henriette and Sibelius Lemminkäinen. A similarly wide range of repertoire is presented throughout his second season in Oslo, including major choral works by Bach, Mozart and William Walton, Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 10 and 14 with soloists Mika Kares and Asmik Grigorian. Recent and new works include compositions by Sally Beamish, Unsuk Chin, Jimmy Lopez, Andrew Norman and Kaija Saariaho. In Spring 2022 Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic perform the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and tour to France and the UK.

With Orchestre de Paris, Klaus Mäkelä performed at the summer festivals of Granada and Aix en Provence. For his first concert in the 2021/ 22 season he conducted a new work by Unsuk Chin entitled Spira, Richard Strauss Four Songs Op 27 with soloist Lise Davidsen and Mahler Symphony No. 1. His first season as Music Director also features the music of Ligeti and Dutilleux alongside Biber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

In the 2021/22 season Klaus Mäkelä appears as a Portrait Artist at the Wiener Konzerthaus conducting the Wiener Symphoniker and Oslo Philharmonic and playing cello in chamber music. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Concertgebouworkest, London Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Münchner Philharmoniker.

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Sweden

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez: Initiale
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major
John Dowland: Lachrymae
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major

Soloists: Janine Jansen (violin), Amihai Grosz (viola)

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Norway

Oslo Philharmonic

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 10

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Norway

Oslo Philharmonic

Pēteris Vasks: Musica dolorosa
Reinhold Gliere: Harp Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 10

Soloist: Emmanuel Ceysson

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CONDUCTOR IN RESIDENCE AT THE GRANADA FESTIVAL

Invited as the Conductor in Residence of the 70th edition of the Granada Festival in Spain, Klaus Mäkelä leads three orchestras in diverse programmes. On 22 June Mäkelä led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and pianist Javier Perianes in a programme of Sibelius and Grieg, followed a few days later with a concert featuring Jörg Widmann, Bartók {…}

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OSLO PHILHARMONIC 21/22 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

Klaus Mäkelä launches the Oslo Philharmonic 2021/22 season on 18 August with a special concert featuring Bartok Divertimento, Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Yuja Wang, two new works by Norwegian composer Mette Henriette and Sibelius Lemminkäinen. A similarly wide range of repertoire is presented throughout his second season in Oslo. {…}

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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

"Klaus Mäkelä conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with ease, responsiveness and presence … Whoever can begin the slow movement so cautiously in the softest pianissimo, calmly build up the string chorus without any gestures of violence and organically increase the tempo without false impulses, is a conductor of the highest order."Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 9 October {…}
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Orchestre de Paris

"The conductor-orchestra couple has taken flight, in the magnificent creation of Unsuk Chin's very virtuoso Spira, and in Mahler's Symphony No. 1, which takes the time to unfold freely towards the climax. The suppleness of the conducting, the warm opulence of the sound, the continuity of the phrasing, all blossom in the sound space of the Philharmonie."Le Figaro, Christian Merlin, 24 {…}
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Orchestre de Paris, Granada Festival

"We heard a version (of Dvorak Symphony No. 9) that was exquisitely atmospheric, intense and narrative … And the sonorous vigour and preciousness did not diminish one iota in the Allegro con fuoco finale, where Mäkelä was able to link the synthesis of thematic elements with the Orchestre de Paris in this most joyful and dazzling interpretation." Scherzo, Pablo Rodriguez, 12 July {…}

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