Encounters Club Spring 2020

The Encounters Club is open to all and free of charge


The popular Encounters Club is an arena for creative ideas and surprising encounters with performances by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s musicians and friends. The Encounters Club is open to all and free of charge, and it takes place on Fridays around once a month in the main foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre. 

Free admission – welcome! The programme begins at 9pm after the evening’s concert, and the café is open until 10:30pm. 

Winter Ball 
Friday 10 January 2020, 9pm, Helsinki Music Centre, Main Foyer 

Erkki Suomalainen, bassoon 
Mikko-Pekka Svala, bassoon 
Markus Tuukkanen, bassoon 
Noora Van Dok, bassoon 

Cinderella’s ball continues after the evening’s concert at the club with the HPO’s bassoonists offering music that is sure to get you into the beat. Bring along your dancing shoes, as this is your chance to show off your footwork and invite someone to dance! 

Breath, motion, sound 
Friday 7 February 2020, 9pm, Helsinki Music Centre, Main Foyer 

The evening programme explores the synergy between breath, motion and sound. We need breath in order to achieve motion and sound, whether in dance, music or life in general. In this performance, a dancer and a string quartet express this synergy in different ways. 

Katriina Kantola, dance  
Teija Kivinen, violin  
Kari Olamaa, violin  
Tiila Kangas, viola  
Päivi Ahonen, cello 


Friday 6 March 2020, 9pm, Helsinki Music Centre, Main Foyer 

Hildegunn Øiseth, trumpet and goat horn 
Maija Linkola, violin 
Elina Viitasaari, violin 
Lotta Poijärvi, viola 
Markus Hohti, cello and electronics 

In this concert by the Linkolaa!-ensemble, a string quartet is joined by a rare traditional instrument with a truly timeless sound – the goat horn. This unprecedented line-up transports listeners to the hits of Jukka Linkola’s big band, to which the Norwegian natural horn artist and jazz trumpetist Hildegunn Øiseth adds her own unique touch. 

Linkola’s big band pieces are framed by his rhythmic String Quartet, which debuted in 1996. This concert offers wild and joyful memories from the 1990s, as well as completely new Linkola music once again!


All’orizzonte il mare – Across the Sea 
Friday 3 April 2020, 9pm, Helsinki Music Centre, Main Foyer 

Meeri Pulakka, soprano 
Elisa Rusi-Matero, violin 
Martta Wahlberg, viola 
Lauri Kankkunen, cello 
Tuomo Matero, double bass 
Marko Hilpo, piano