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

Official Biography

Klaus Mäkelä commenced his first season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2020.

With Orchestre de Paris he assumes the role of Artistic Advisor from 2020/21 for two seasons, before becoming the orchestra’s next Music Director from September 2022. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Association with Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival.

In addition to his first season of concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic, the 2020/21 season sees Mäkelä make his first appearances with The Gewandhausorchester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouworkest, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and SWR Symphonieorchester. He returns to the Gothenburg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and conducts the Orchestre de Paris in 2 programmes as Music Director Designate. Mäkelä also continues his tenures with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta, where he completes a Beethoven Cycle spanning three seasons. This season’s concert programmes include masterworks by Mahler, Sibelius, Mozart, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky. Mäkelä also conducts premieres by Unsuk Chin, Sauli Zinovjev and Mette Henriette and recently written works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Kaija Saariaho, Brett Dean and Jimmy López.

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Klaus Mäkelä has been invited to conduct the Concertgebouworkest's Christmas Matinee concert, replacing Fabio Luisi at short notice. With a programme featuring Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony and Debussy's La Mer, the traditional annual concert filmed from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam will take place without audience and streamed {…}

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Tuesday 8th December at 20.30 CETOslo PhilharmonicKodály: Dances of GalántaSibelius: Symphony No.1Rolf Gupta: Epilogue Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profaneFilmed in concert from the Oslo Konserthus in October 2020 and streamed on Virtual Circle - Tickets: £7  Wednesday 9th December at 20.30 CETOrchestre de ParisMahler: Symphony {…}

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Orchestre de Paris

"Ce qui n’empêche qu’il faut absolument regarder cette exécution plus qu’impressionnante ... ce que réalise le jeune Finlandais, directeur musical désigné de l’OP, en termes de maîtrise de l’architecture, de dosage des équilibres, de fusion sonore (et quel son d’orchestre!), témoigne d’une maturité que l’on n’a décidément pas le souvenir d’avoir {…}
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Oslo Philharmonic

"Sibelius’ music is in Mäkelä’s DNA and it was exciting to watch him bring a fresh perspective to the work. He barely took his eyes off the players, turning his score pages from memory, sometimes a few at once, conducting with an unflustered and mature economic elegance drawing on contrasts and textures. The players responded wonderfully, from the beguiling clarinet solo through {…}
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Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

“Anchored by a medieval-sounding Dorian mode, gradually emerging from a very simple, four-descending-keys motif played in the first three bars by the second violins, Sibelius’ Sixth Symphony is not exactly the shiny vahana that young maestros prefer for displaying their exquisite technique. Mäkelä went beyond the somehow misleading four-parts structure of the work, underlining {…}

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RT @jamesgaffigan: It was so nice to see my dear colleague @klausmakela at our rehearsal!
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@jamesgaffigan Thanks for the wonderful rehearsal, dear James!
Jan 28
A beautiful memory from last week

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