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 commences 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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Concertgebouw debut and return to Frankfurt

Klaus Mäkelä makes his debut with the Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam this week, conducting four concerts over two days on Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 September). Music featured in the two programmes comprises the world premiere of Subito con forza by Unsuk Chin, Jimmy Lopez’s The Travails of Persiles {…}

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Klaus Mäkelä recently made his Italian debut with the orchestra of Maggio Musicale in the theatre’s panoramic roof top setting, right in the heart of Florence. The result of a personal invitation from Alexander Pereira and Zubin Mehta, Mäkelä’s guest appearance featured Sibelius’ Tapiola and Mahler Symphony No. 1 and was “a debut to {…}

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Sibelius: Tapiola Mahler: Symphony No. 1

“… nell’espressione la sinfonia mostra lo stupore di un fanciullo, nell’esecuzione la fluidità discorsiva e la saldezza architettonica, priva di concessioni plateali, che solo un direttore di rango può ottenere.” " … a performance of discursive fluidity and architectural solidity, devoid of blatant concessions, that only a high-ranking conductor can obtain." La {…}
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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

"Under Klaus Mäkeläs taktstokk fremsto Sibelius’ naturmystikk som mer eventyraktig enn jeg har hørt tidligere. Som dirigent og fortolker kombinerer Mäkelä en nesten (i beste forstand) barnlig naivitet i uttrykket med en uanstrengt autoritet på podiet man skulle tro krevde årevis med erfaring. Gjennom verkets fire satser viste Mäkelä en sjelden evne til få musikken til å {…}
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Sauli Zinovjev: Wiegenlied (commission)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

"För Mäkelä - et produkt av et av de sterkeste miljøene for dirigentutdanning, Sibeliusakadamiet i Helsinki - virker suveren, teknisk briljant og tydelig. Under hans direksjon virker orkesteret topp trimmet og nypolert, for ikke å si nyladet, etter nedstenging og ferie.Det imponerer, og det var en fryd å åpne sesongen med en symfoni {…}

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