Impressive is the maturity of Mäkelä, a conductor with clear ideas and a gentle manner… For him, music and musicians come first.

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Klaus Mäkelä is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. With Orchestre de Paris he assumed the role of Artistic Advisor in 2020/21 and will become the orchestra’s next Music Director in September 2022.

He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony and Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival. An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, Klaus Mäkelä has recorded the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label, to be released in 2022.

Klaus Mäkelä launches the Oslo Philharmonic 2021/22 season on 18 August with a special concert featuring Bartok Divertimento, Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Yuja Wang, two new works by Norwegian composer Mette Henriette and Sibelius Lemminkäinen. A similarly wide range of repertoire is presented throughout his second season in Oslo, including major choral works by Bach, Mozart and William Walton, Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 10 and 14 with soloists Mika Kares and Asmik Grigorian. Recent and new works include compositions by Sally Beamish, Unsuk Chin, Jimmy Lopez, Andrew Norman and Kaija Saariaho. In Spring 2022 Klaus Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic perform the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and tour to France and the UK.

With Orchestre de Paris, Klaus Mäkelä tours to the summer festivals of Granada and Aix en Provence. For his first concert in the 2021/ 22 season he conducts a new work by Unsuk Chin entitled Spira, Richard Strauss’ Four Songs Op 27 with soloist Lise Davidsen and Mahler Symphony No. 1. His second season as Music Director designate also features the music of Messiaen, Ligeti and Dutilleux alongside Biber, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

In the 2021/22 season Klaus Mäkelä appears as a Portrait Artist at the Wiener Konzerthaus conducting the Wiener Symphoniker and Oslo Philharmonic and playing cello in chamber music. He also guest conducts the Cleveland Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker and has received invitations from numerous leading orchestras in Europe, Japan and the USA still to be announced.

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OSLO PHILHARMONIC 21/22 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

Klaus Mäkelä launches the Oslo Philharmonic 2021/22 season on 18 August with a special concert featuring Bartok Divertimento, Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Yuja Wang, two new works by Norwegian composer Mette Henriette and Sibelius Lemminkäinen. A similarly wide range of repertoire is presented throughout his second season in Oslo. {…}

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WIENER KONZERTHAUS INVITES KLAUS MÄKELÄ TO BE “PORTRAIT ARTIST”

Klaus Mäkelä will feature at the Wiener Konzerthaus as a Portrait Artist throughout the 2021/22 season. The prestigious series opens with a chamber music concert on 22 September and a programme of Dvořák and Schumann. Klaus Mäkelä plays cello, joining Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, Sarah McElravy and Javier Perianes. He {…}

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Platea Magazine: “Dirigir es una cuestión de comunicación”

De vitalidad desbordante y contagiosa, la batuta de Klaus Mäkelä es una de las más firmes realidades del presente y futuro de la dirección orquestal. No hay músico que no hable maravillas de su forma de dirigir, transmitir y, sobre todo, escuchar. Quizá esa haya sido la fórmula que le haya llevado a ser titular de la Filarmónica de Oslo y de la Orquesta de París, mientras {…}
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"Judging by the fantastically soft sounds of the strings in Messiaen's Les offrandes oubliées, the orchestra is in excellent shape despite the pandemic. How beautifully Mäkelä allowed the sound to blossom with a kind of underhand movement from the forearm. Above the last section of this symphonic meditation from 1930, Messiaen wrote: 'Extremely slowly (with great pity and {…}
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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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