Susanna Mälkki credit Sakari Viika

Helsinki Philharmonic Spring Season

Slavic concert season of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s continues in spring. Epiphany concert to star Joe Hisaishi, composer for Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films.

The spring season of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra continues the theme of Slavic music that began this autumn. The great Russian names of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky are joined by less frequently heard works from the rich musical traditions of Eastern Europe. The Helsinki Variations series of premieres continues with compositions by Sampo Haapamäki and Antti Auvinen, while the soloists for Kalevi Aho’s new double concerto will be flutist Niamh McKenna and harpist Emmanuel Ceysson.

Much-anticipated guest artists during the spring season will include soprano Camilla Nylund, Joe Hisaishi, composer for Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films, and conductors Mei-Ann Chen, Tianyi Lu and Elena Schwarz. The orchestra’s Artist in Residence for the season is violist Tabea Zimmermann, whose multifaceted musicianship can be enjoyed in three concerts: Zimmermann will introduce herself to Helsinki audiences as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader.

The opening concert of the spring season in mid-January will be led by Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki and present the Finnish premiere of Anders Hillborg’s new composition Through Lost Landscapes. The piece has been commissioned jointly by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra together with Orquestra Sinfónica de Castilla y León, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.


Season tickets for the spring season can be purchased from 9 to 30 November 2021. Single tickets go on sale 9 December 2021 and tickets for final rehearsals on 10 December 2021.