Sold-out performances in Central Europe

Following successful tour of Central Europe, HPO is heading next to Belgium together with the Tero Saarinen Company

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra completed a week-long tour of Central Europe this Sunday with sold-out performances in four countries. The orchestra gave concerts in Dortmund’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Katowice’s NOSPR and Warsaw’s Filharmonia Narodowa in Poland. The tour’s concerts were conducted by chief conductor Susanna Mälkki, and the violin soloist was Pekka Kuusisto.

Amsterdam’s Het Parool newspaper published a review of the charismatic soloist’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, in which “the symbiotic dialogue with Mälkki and the orchestra became an incomparable adventure… After the break, the Finns performed Sibelius’s second symphony. I have never heard it so impressively performed together with the darkness of the slow movement.” Dortmund’s Ruhr Nachrichten in turn rated the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra as one of the world’s leading orchestras and highlighted its striking and powerful sound, which the newspaper described as “shining as handsomely as Finnish bronze.”

The orchestra’s next international tour will take place in October when it visits Belgium together with the Tero Saarinen Company. The concerts in Brussels and Bruges together with an event day at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in the Belgian capital will be part of the official cultural programme of Finland’s EU Presidency.

The programme for next October’s tour will include Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela and Symphony No. 5. Choreographer Tero Saarinen’s Zimmermann Trio, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Helsinki Festival, received its Finnish premiere last August as interpreted by HKO and TSC. The piece weaves together live music, dance and visual design in a compelling way that is typical of Saarinen’s art.


Belgian tour, 10-12 October 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019: BOZAR, Brussels
Friday 11 October 2019: Concertgebouw, Bruges

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, chief conductor
Oren Shevlin, cello
Tero Saarinen Company
Tero Saarinen, choreography
Satu Halttunen, Misa Lommi, David Scarantino, dance

Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Berndt Alois Zimmermann: Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en forme de ”pas de trois”
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Saturday 12 October 2019: BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts

Event Day

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s event day at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels offers new and old music from Finland and the world: elegiacal harp music, Sibelius on violin, cello and brass instruments, bold improvisations, children’s concerts, and a club atmosphere complete with aerial acrobatics. The event day culminates with tangos interpreted by opera singer Matti Salminen with conductor Taavi Oramo.