Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra announces programme for November

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra announces programme for November – welcomes pianist Kirill Gerstein as artist-in-residence


The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s November concert programme has been published. Conducting the orchestra at its concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre will be Dalia Stasevska, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Storgårds, former chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and American maestro Leonard Slatkin, who will be making his debut in front of the HPO. Featured soloists include clarinettist Kari Kriikku, percussionist Colin Currie and pianist Kirill Gerstein.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra plans to select a new artist-in-residence each year, beginning with pianist Kirill Gerstein this November. In addition to his two concerts in November, he will also be the orchestra’s guest soloist in the upcoming spring season.

“Our collaboration with Kirill Gerstein over the past few years has been very noteworthy and pleasant for the orchestra. He will begin his residency with us by performing both Brahms piano concertos, which in itself is a major accomplishment. I am pleased that, even in these exceptional circumstances, we are able to present a full concert programme to our audiences at the Helsinki Music Centre this November,” says HPO General Manager Aleksi Malmberg.

This September and October, the orchestra’s musicians have performed numerous chamber music concerts throughout Helsinki. The orchestra’s library tour in collaboration with the Helsinki City Library has received a warm reception from audiences at local libraries. The library tour continues to the end of October.


Ticket sales, face mask recommendations and guidelines for attending concerts safely

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts at Helsinki Music Centre in November are scheduled to last just over an hour without intervals. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 6 October. Approximately 400 single tickets are being sold for each concert with seating spread out across the concert hall to maintain safe distancing in line with safety regulations.

Single tickets only are being sold to concerts during the autumn season, and season ticket seats reserved in spring 2020 have been transferred automatically to the spring 2021 season. The concert programme for December will be announced at a later date. Changes to the programme and ticket sales are possible due to the corona crisis.

HPO concert tickets are available through Ticketmaster, t. 0600 10 800 (1.98 €/min + lnc), (we recommended purchasing tickets online).

The City of Helsinki recommends that all residents over the age of 15 wear face masks in public spaces and at public events in which close contact is difficult to avoid. This recommendation applies to all services provided by the Culture and Leisure Sector, including concerts by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Further information about the face mask recommendation:

Guidelines for attending concerts safely at the Helsinki Music Centre:


HPO concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre, November 2020

Friday 6 November 2020 at 7pm

Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Kari Kriikku, clarinet

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Jukka Tiensuu: Puro, for clarinet and orchestra
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4


Wednesday-Thursday 11-12 November 2020 at 7pm

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

Tan Dun: Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1


Wednesday 25 November at 7pm

John Storgårds, conductor, violin
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Anton Webern: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1


Thursday 26 November at 7pm

John Storgårds, conductor, violin
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Anton Webern: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2