The Tapiola Sinfonietta (Espoo City Orchestra) was founded in 1987. It comprises 41 musicians and specializes in the Viennese-Classical repertoire, but twentieth-century classics and new music premières also make up an important part of the orchestra’s programme. The orchestra regularly performs with eminent Finnish and international soloists and conductors.
Jorma Panula and Osmo Vänskä were among the orchestra’s first artistic directors, while Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s era, beginning in 1993, had a decisive impact on its present-day profile. In recognition of this Kantorow was named honorary conductor in 2011. Since 2006 the orchestra has made its own artistic policy in collaboration with its artists-in-association, including musicians such as Mario Venzago, Pekka Kuusisto and Olli Mustonen. The Tapiola Sinfonietta tours both in Finland and internationally, and has made a large number of recordings, including highly acclaimed discs of Saint-Saëns and Weber on BIS.
For further information, please visit Tapiola Sinfonietta's website.