Helsinki Philharmonic explores the Germanic identity

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017-18 season features Germanic music from the classical compositions of Beethoven, Mahler and Bruckner to contemporary music. The orchestra’s season culminates with a concert tour of Salzburg and Paris in May 2018.

Guest artists in autumn 2017 include conductor Simone Young, soprano Anne Schwanewilms and pianists Matan Porat and Ingrid Fliter, followed in spring 2018 by conductor Juraj Valcuha, soprano Karita Mattila and Christel Lee, winner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015.

In addition to Germanic masterpieces, the programme also includes lots of Finnish music. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will premiere a new composition by Veli-Matti Puumala that was commissioned for the orchestra to mark the Finland 100 centenary year, as well as Affekt by Sebastian Hilli, which will be conducted by Leif Segerstam and performed by a choir of over a hundred singers from the Helsingfors sång- och musikförbund. In addition, a gala concert at the beginning of December will feature music and poetry from the past hundred years of Finnish independence as interpreted by actors Krista Kosonen and Hannu-Pekka Björkman. 

At the start of the autumn season the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will join forces once again with the UMO Jazz Orchestra in a concert conducted by Jules Buckley and featuring pianist Cory Henry and vocalist Jacob Collier, recipient of no less than two Grammys this year. The spring season in turn features a special project also for young audiences. The family concert will present new music composed by Iiro Rantala for a new “Ella and Friends” book by Timo Parvela.

The season culminates with a tour of Salburg and Paris in May 2018. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will give three concerts at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg with conductor Susanna Mälkki and cellist Truls Mørk. In Paris the orchestra will perform Mahler’s 9th Symphony at the new Auditorium La Seine Musicale.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s popular HKO Screen online broadcasts will continue in the coming season. The concerts can be watched on the City of Helsinki’s Helsinki Channel ( and the YLE Klassinen website ( The HKO Screen series will comprise no less than 18 concerts.

All concerts.

Tickets from Ticketmaster:, tel. +358 (0) 600 10 800 (1.98 €/min + lnc)
Season tickets for autumn 2017 are available from 4 May to 2 August and single tickets as of 10 August 2017. 
Season tickets for spring 2018 are available from 2 November to 4 December and single tickets as of 12 December 2017.