Jaani Helander

Instrument group

I am from Kouvola.

I joined the orchestra in spring 2013.

The wackiest memory I have as a musician is when the security people at Düsseldorf airport decided to have a little fun. First they asked me to open my cello case and then started admiring my instrument. Then they asked if I could play something, so they closed the line and directed all the other passengers to another line. So standing there with my face going red I played the themes to James Bond and Mission Impossible, making the officials clap and laugh. One of the other passengers even came over to praise my improvisation: “It was a really nice performance!"

My favourite place in Helsinki is the Trocadero restaurant on Uudenmaankatu.