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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Oslo Philharmonic – Cancelled due to COVID-19



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Oslo Philharmonic – Postponed due to COVID-19



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Oslo Philharmonic – Cancelled due to COVID-19


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Despite the closure of concert halls across Europe, Klaus Mäkelä returns to Oslo this month for the continuation of his first season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor.As part of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Mellomspill (Interlude) series Mäkelä leads two short programmes which will be streamed {…}

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Mäkelä returns to Munich

Klaus Mäkelä made his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunks in February and this week he is back in Munich to conduct three concerts with soloist Igor Levit at the Herkulesaal. The programme features Stravinsky's Concerto for String Orchestra, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, KV 271 “Jenamy” and Bartók’s {…}

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Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Schumann: Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, Op.86
Sibelius: Symphony no. 6 in D minor, Op.104
Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 in C major, Op.105

“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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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Stravinsky: Concerto for String Orchestra in D major
Mozart: Piano Concerto E-flat Major, KV 271 “Jenamy”
Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113

Soloist: Igor Levit "Klaus Mäkelä und Igor Levit: starke und junge Überzeugungstäter im vorerst wieder mal letzten Münchner BRSO-Konzert … Man spielt einen Mozart ohne Ecken und Kanten, rasch, schwerelos, dabei besonders im ausdrucksvollen Moll-Mittelsatz träumerisch, versenkungsbereit, aber nie verzärtelt, gar sentimental. Der Ausdruck, obwohl tiefsinnig, bleibt sachlich. {…}
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Oiling the machine: Klaus Mäkelä on taking up conductor posts in Oslo and Paris

Bachtrack When it was announced in June that the next Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris was to be Klaus Mäkelä, eyebrows were raised. Not only because of his youth – he’s just 24 – but also that the Finnish conductor had yet to take up his new appointment at the helm of the Oslo Philharmonic. A case of too much too soon? Yet watch him conduct or {…}

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