Youth Academy

Finnish Chamber Orchestra Youth Academy



To celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra have established a Youth Academy to which students studying for a professional musician’s qualification or degree in Finland may apply. What makes the Youth Academy unique is its focus on chamber music, which is the foundation of ensemble playing not only in the Finnish Chamber Orchestra but also in large symphony orchestras. The teachers and mentors in the Youth Academy are members of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. In this exceptional programme, young musicians will have the opportunity to perform under Jukka-Pekka Saraste in a top-rank orchestra at several concerts, for instance at the Tammisaari Summer Concerts in August, at a chamber music recital in Tallinn in June and at private concerts for major Finnish companies. Though compiled annually anew with auditions, the Youth Academy is a three-year project implemented with funding from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.



Performance schedule



Sat 22 Apr – Sun 23 Apr        Chamber music rehearsal weekend in Helsinki


Sat 10 Jun                   Performance in Tallinn (Finland 100 festival)


Mon 31 Jul – Sun 6 Aug         Tammisaari Summer Concerts (Helsinki and Tammisaari)


October 2017 Chamber music weekend


October–November 2017       Concert at the House of Nobility in Helsinki



We will also be offering musicians the opportunity to perform in chamber music ensembles at private functions of our partners. Times and repertoire are to be agreed separately. Youth Academy members will be paid a daily allowance in cases where the criteria for a daily allowance are fulfilled, and travel and accommodation will be reimbursed as necessary.



The results of the Youth Academy auditions



The following musicians were chosen to the Youth Academy in auditions, that were held at Helsinki Conservatory on Sat 8th April and Sun 9th April:


Maya Dufour, violin

Sirkku Helin, violin

Charlotte Loukola, violin

Emma Mali, violin

Venla Närhi, violin

Kaisa Anttila, viola

Oili Tuhkanen, viola

Sameli Vettenranta, viola

Tuomas Roos, violoncello

Saara Särkimäki, violoncello

Kaapo Kangas, double bass

Martta Jämsä, flute

Sara Hakaste, oboe

José Carlos Domínguez, clainet

Aron Mojzer, bassoon


We warmly thank everybody who attended the auditions!