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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.


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

Narek Hakhnazaryan is an Armenian cellist and winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition who made a lasting impression on his last visit to Helsinki. He is now returning to perform his new bravura piece, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. The Four Seas Interludes from Peter Grimes, meanwhile, represent Benjamin Britten at his most poetic. Britten himself lived by the shores of the North Sea.

Fri 21/09/2018 - 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

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

Music from three centuries. Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, composed for the influential Haffner family of Salzburg, meets Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, which peeks into the future. Mackenzie Melemed, winner of the Maj Lind Piano Competition in 2017, returns to the Helsinki Music Centre to perform Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto.

Fri 19/10/2018 - 19:00
From the icebergs of the North to the peaks of the Andes and heavenly heights. Perú Negro is the composer’s tribute to the Africans who were brought as slaves to the America, while the music of Daniel Bjarnason was inspired by composers ranging from Mozart to David Bowie. The Nordic Music Days concert takes listeners to the realms of spiritual experiences.
Thu 08/11/2018 - 19:00

Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, returns as a guest of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra together with a nostalgic tribute to London and a model piece for Germany symphonies. Australian violist Brett Dean composed his own viola concerto that showcases his skills on the instrument and as an endless source of ideas for orchestral colours.

Thu 22/11/2018 - 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

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

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


Hko Recording


Hko Recording

Behind the scenes

Hko Recording

Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki

Hko Recording

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