Here was something truly special: a conductor who revelled in freshly imagining each sound.

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Klaus Mäkelä is Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of Orchestre de Paris and, since Autumn 2022, Artistic Partner of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, he has recorded the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label.

Mäkelä’s third season as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic features eleven contrasting programmes, with repertoire ranging from Jean Baptiste Lully and Pietro Locatelli to Alban Berg and Mahler to Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Julia Perry. In Autumn 2022, Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic embark on their second European tour with performances in Germany, Belgium and Austria with soloist Sol Gabetta.

For his second season as Music Director of the Orchestra de Paris, Klaus Mäkelä has chosen to spotlightcomposers Pascal Dusapin, Betsy Jolas, Jimmy López Bellido, Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho, the latter featured with three different works. There is also a focus on the Ballets Russes, with two key Diaghilev scores: Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Rite of Spring. In Spring 2023, Mäkelä and Orchestre de Paris tour throughout Europe with Janine Jansen as soloist.

With the Concertgebouworkest Klaus Mäkelä embarks on a long-term collaboration, joining the orchestra as Artistic Partner with effect from the 2022-23 season and as its next Chief Conductor in 2027. For their first season together, they perform six programmes including Mahler Symphony No. 6, the Mozart Requiem and Strauss Alpine Symphony as well premieres by López Bellido, Sauli Zinovjev, Alexander Raskatov and Sally Beamish. On tour they performed the opening concert of the Musikfest Berlin and at the Koln Philharmonie.

As a guest conductor in the 2022/23 season Klaus Mäkelä makes his first appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester and Wiener Symphoniker and returns to the USA to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. As a soloist, he has performed with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician at the Verbier Festival, as well as with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

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Orchestre de Paris

Betsy Jolas: new work (premiere)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2  “Resurrection”

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (mezzo-soprano)


Paris, France


Orchestre de Paris – chamber music concert

Johan Sebastian Bach: Suites for solo cello (extracts)

Synaesthetic experience—praised by Baudelaire and explored by Huysmans in À Rebours—is a poetic feat taken up here by cellist Klaus Mäkelä and perfumier Francis Kurkdjian, in a multisensory performance of Bach.


New York, USA

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic

Jimmy López: Perú negro
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique


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Klaus Mäkelä will be awarded the Sibelius Prize 2022 on 4 November at a special concert with the Oslo Philharmonic. The award is endowed by the Sibelius Society in Norway for outstanding efforts to promote contact between Finnish and Norwegian musical life. “From the start of his collaboration with the Oslo Philharmonic (OFO), Mäkelä {…}

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Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic' Sibelius album has been chosen for the 2022 Edison Klassiek Debut Award. Announcing the award the jury commented: "Ambitious" is an understatement for this debut by the young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä. He chose to record all the symphonies of his hard-to-fathom compatriot Sibelius with the Oslo {…}

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"Sibelius is at his most unruly in his Fourth Symphony … The Concertgebouworkest has only scheduled the work six times in its 134-year history – first in 1913 and most recently in 2017. With the Finn at the helm, the undervalued Sibelius in Amsterdam may finally get the status he deserves. Mastefully, Mäkelä led the orchestra through the unruly landscape, in which low strings {…}
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Orchestre de Paris

"Some programmes are like a declaration of intent. To inaugurate the 2022-2023 season of the Orchestre de Paris (OP) at the Philharmonie, the music director, Klaus Mäkelä, opted for audacity and generosity. The generosity of a particularly dense programme, highlighting the full orchestra through two of the most physical works in the repertoire: Strauss' Zarathustra and Scriabin's {…}
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Oslo Philharmonic

”To be honest I can't remember ever having heard a more intense and sparkling orchestra performance in the Oslo Concert Hall. The chemistry between the Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä is extremely good ... It's simply moving to see what effort and energy every single musician contributes to the collective, but nevertheless extremely {…}

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