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 made such an impression with his Concertgebouworkest debut in September that the orchestra invited him back on the spot. Now he’s back to conduct a programme featuring powerful milestones by Messiaen and Shostakovich. In a concert that will be streamed on 14 May, "Klaus Mäkelä leads the Concertgebouworkest in two works which {…}

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Decca Classics has announced Klaus Mäkelä as the latest addition to its artist roster and the label’s first conductor signing since Riccardo Chailly in 1978. Klaus Mäkelä’s debut recording will be a complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic, including the symphonic poem Tapiola and the fragments of {…}

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Transfuge magazine: “L’Homme tranquille”

Quelques jours après un concert d’anthologie enregistré pour Philharmonie Live auquel Transfuge a eu la chance d’assister, rencontre avec le jeune chef Klaus Mäkelä, qui s’apprête à devenir le nouveau directeur musical de l’Orchestre de Paris. Dominique Lindemann, 26 April 2021 Tout semble calme et serein autour de Klaus Mäkelä, alors que, deux jours {…}
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Orchestre de Paris

"Envoûtée, envoûtante, la direction incisive de Klaus Mäkelä dégage une tension à la limite du soutenable, entre hédonisme sonore et acuité dramaturgique, tandis que la clarinette tentatrice de Pascal Moraguès se fait tour à tour sinueuse et tendre." "Bewitched, bewitching, the incisive direction of Klaus Mäkelä releases a tension at the limit of the bearable (in {…}
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Orchestre de Paris

"... Mäkelä impresses above all by his uncompromising musicality. He melts into the moment with the piece he is conducting, without the rapture coming at the expense of analytical perfectionism. Mäkelä is also versatile. In Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3, he ensured a tight interaction with pianist Kirill Gerstein ... In Bruckner you saw his energy change instantly; from high to {…}

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