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You can now watch and listen to HPO concerts in the comfort of your very own armchair, streamed online.
The pre-concert talk (in Finnish) will help to put you in the mood. During the interval you can also meet more interesting people and hear what goes on behind the scenes.

Coming up

Unsuk Chin is one of the most characterful composers of our time, stretching her own limits as a composer and those of soloists, and her piano concerto is no exception. The second half of the concert presents a different, Russian mood: Sergei Prokofiev transformed the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet into moving ballet music.
Fri 26/04/2019 - 19:00
Since the 1800s the orchestra’s traditional May Day Matinees and performance of the March of the Pori Regiment have been a fixture in the cultural calendar of Helsinki. This year’s spring celebrations feature the brass band Kolizio and actor Niina Lahtinen.
Wed 01/05/2019 - 14:00

“Dented nature” is how German composer Enno Poppe describes his inventive music, which grows from small sprouts. His newest composition was commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. For over a hundred years the violin concerto of Karol Szymanowski has also maintained its freshness. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff has referred to the piece as the Polish composer’s philosopher’s stone.

Fri 10/05/2019 - 19:00


“Thus Fate knocks at the door” is how Beethoven described the theme of his Symphony No. 5, without which the history of music would sound quite different. Akiko Suwanai in turn performs a violin concerto that earned her fame in 1990 as the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Your ears will be in for a surprise as the Musica nova Helsinki festival once again presents the latest in contemporary music alongside established classics. Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, composed his piano concerto for the evening’s two sibling soloists. Also being performed in Finland for the first time will be Metacosmos, which was commissioned for the New York Philharmonic, and the rhythmic De Snelheid. The opening concert of the festival culminates with Delta, a composition by Jay Schwartz that explores the dimensions of sounds.

Gossip, madness, jazz and rhumba add up to an explosive recipe that requires the talents of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to get the Latin American spices right. Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was composed for Benny Goodman, the king of swing, and is interpreted here by Martin Fröst. The evening’s concert culminates with a symphonic suite from the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.

The Violin Concerto of John Adams in turn is a modern classic that is interpreted here by the brilliant Chloë Hanslip.

Wed 09/01/2019 - 19:00

The ode to universal friendship ends our autumn season in traditional fashion. The excitement of one of the most popular concerts of the year is ensured by top Finnish soloists together with the Helsinki Music Centre Choir. Eva Ollikainen will be conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time.

Thu 20/12/2018 - 19:00

The Unanswered Question of Charles Ives and the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar operate in the realm of great secrets. The violin concerto of composer-DJ Mason Bates combines club sounds with symphonic music. It shares one thing in common with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasy: both were composed especially for Anne Akiko Meyers.

Fri 14/12/2018 - 19:00

Aaron Copland originally composed his rustic ode to the simple life of American settlers for choreographer Martha Graham in the form of ballet music. With his reputation for deep interpretations, Paavali Jumppanen takes the audience on a voyage of discovery to an early piano concerto by Brahms. The concert opens with a new composition by Sean Shepherd, in which abstract paintings are given musical form.

Fri 30/11/2018 - 19:00

Igor Stravinsky had already established a reputation as a young composer to watch with his gently controversial pieces, but The Rite of Spring was a step too far for Parisian audiences. The debut performance in 1913 met with much shouting and indignation. Even though the scandal surrounding the composition has subdued over the years, it remains as powerful as ever.

Thu 11/10/2018 - 19:00

Concert Piece for Four Horns and Elgar’s Symphony No. 2 for the first time, this is a concert of true rarities.

Fri 05/10/2018 - 19:00

Duke Ellington’s swing is brought to life as the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra join forces once again. The programme includes the classic album Symphonic Ellington and its iconic musical description of Harlem. Antti Rissanen conducts the orchestras as they take on familiar and fresher arrangements of the music of the jazz giant.

Tue 18/09/2018 - 19:00


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Behind the scenes

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Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki

Hko Recording

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