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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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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March 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Sibelius’ last visit to the Norwegian capital and the occasion he conducted the Oslo Philharmonic in a historic performance of his first symphony. A century later, Sibelius’ music remains core to the orchestra’s repertoire and is the main theme of Klaus Mäkelä’s first season as Chief Conductor {…}

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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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Concerti magazine: „Meine Helden sind all die Großen der Vergangenheit“

Pendelnd zwischen seinen Orchestern in Oslo und Paris ist der 25 Jahre junge finnische Dirigent Klaus Mäkelä eine der ganz heißen Versprechungen der Klassik. Von Peter Krause, 8. März 2021 © Mathias Benguigui/Pasco & Co. Finnen gelten als wortfaul. Klaus Mäkelä hingegen ist eine Kontaktkanone. Das merkt man, wenn der 25-jährige Meisterdirigent bei der {…}
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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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