Tammisaari Summer Concerts 20th Anniversary!

31.7–4.8.2019, Tammisaari and Fiskars



The artistic director of Tammisaari Summer Concerts, Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra welcome you to come and enjoy a series of very high-quality concerts at the Tammisaari church!

Transportation will be arranged to the 20th annual concert on Saturday 3 August from Karis railwaystation to Fiskars Village and return. The trains from Helsinki and Turku will arrive at Karis at approx. 16.30 hrs.
Schedule: Departure Karis railwaystation 16.35 – return from Fiskars Village at 19.45. Presentation of the concert at 17 hrs by Tapani Länsiö. The concert will start at 18 hrs.

The transfer is free of charge for concert ticket holders, but we ask you to book in advance not later than July 28th by e-mail: ekenassommarkonserter@gmail.com

Program and tickets

Wednesday July 31 at 7pm
Tammisaari Church

Finnish Chamber Orchestra
Finnish Chamber Orchestra's Youth Academy
Iiro Rantala, piano

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Iiro Rantala: Tears for Esbjörn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551

Thursday August 1 at 3pm
Tammisaari Church

Open doors!

Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the artistic Director of Ekenäs Summer Concerts conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste present this year's program

Free entry

Thursday August 1 at 7pm
Tammisaari Church

Finnish Chamber Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Olli Mustonen, piano and conductor

Olli Mustonen: Triptyykki
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Franz Schubert: The Symphony No. 6 in C major, D 589

Friday August 2 at 7pm
Tammisaari Church

Finnish Chamber Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo soprano
Christian Juslin, tenor

Sebastian Hilli: Peach
Lehár: Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert
Verdi: Questa e quella
Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, Op. 93 – Dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra
Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphony in C minor

Saturday August 3 at 5 pm
Fiskars Old Knive Factory

Finnish Chamber Orchestra
Finnish Chamber Orchestra's Youth Academy
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Virva Puumala, soprano
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo soprano
Christian Juslin, tenor
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Helsinki Music Centre Chorus

Ludvig van Beethoven: The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125



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Iiro Rantala


Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen has a unique place on today’s music scene. Following the tradition of great masters such as Rachmaninov, Busoni and Enescu, Mustonen combines the roles of his musicianship as composer, pianist and conductor in an equal balance that is quite exceptional, often bringing them together in one fascinating triple role performance.

During an illustrious career spanning 35 years, Mustonen has brought his extraordinary musical insight to many of world’s most significant musical centres, whether it be in a triple role or as soloist, conductor, recitalist or chamber musician. His intelligence and inspiring presence have led him towards many close musical connections with some of today’s most eminent musicians, and appearances with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, Orchestre de Paris and all the London orchestras.

Meanwhile his life as a composer is at the heart of his piano playing and conducting. He has a deeply held conviction that each performance must have the freshness of a first performance, so that audience and performer alike encounter the composer as a living contemporary. In this respect he recalls Mahler’s famous dictum, that tradition can be laziness, yet he is equally suspicious of the performance that seeks only to be different. This tenacious spirit of discovery leads him to explore many areas of repertoire beyond the established canon.

In recent years, Mustonen has conducted the world premieres of both of his large-scale orchestral works: Symphony No.1 Tuuri with the Tampere Philharmonic in 2012; and Symphony No.2 Johannes Angelos with the Helsinki Philharmonic in 2014. Under Mustonen’s baton, the 1st Symphony has gone on to receive further performances with the Tchaikovsky Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Meiningen Court Orchestra among others. Mustonen also conducted the world premiere of his Sonata for Violin and Orchestra in 2014 with the Melbourne Symphony, and last season conducted the work with Pekka Kuusisto and the Helsinki Philharmonic. In 2015, Mustonen conducted the Australian Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of his Sonata for Cello and Orchestra, followed by a European premiere at the 2016 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Frequently bringing his own works to the chamber music stage, Mustonen toured Germany in 2015 with his own Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Piano, and performed the world premiere of his Piano Quintet at the 2015 ‘Spannungen’ Festival in Heimbach. The work has gone on to receive many more performances, including at the O/Modernt Festival in Stockholm, Flagey Brussels, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Moritzburg Festival and La Jolla SummerFest. In 2017, Mustonen was Composer in Residence at the Davos Festival in Switzerland.

As a conductor, Mustonen has worked with all the major Finnish orchestras and many more around the globe, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Camerata Salzburg, Verdi Symphony Orchestra Milan, NHK Symphony Tokyo and Queensland and West Australian symphony orchestras, as well as an appearance at Moscow’s Opera Apriori International Festival in 2017. In a play/conduct capacity, Mustonen is much in demand, working regularly with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jerusalem Symphony, and recently with the Atlanta Symphony, New Russia Symphony, Norwegian Chamber, Lucerne Symphony, Estonian National Symphony and Kyoto Symphony orchestras.

One of Mustonen’s important musical friendships is with Rodion Shchedrin, who dedicated his Piano Concerto No. 5 to Mustonen and invited him to perform at his 70th, 75th and 80th birthday concerts. Another important musical partner is Valery Gergiev with whom he has appeared numerous times with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. In 2011, Mustonen had the honour of closing the Moscow Easter Festival at the personal invitation of Gergiev, in a performance which was televised all over Russia. Mustonen is also a frequent guest at the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi, having performed there often with the Moscow Soloists and the New Russia Symphony Orchestra with Yuri Bashmet. Last season, Mustonen performed as soloist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of the Finnish centenary of independence.

As a recitalist, Mustonen has appeared in recent seasons at the Chopin Institute Warsaw, Diaghilev Festival Perm, Dresden Festival, Cal Performances Berkeley, Symphony Center Chicago, New York Zankel Hall and Sydney Opera House. The current season includes solo recitals in Tokyo and at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. With Steven Isserlis, Mustonen has performed as a duo for more than thirty years, and last season the two artists appeared together at London’s Wigmore Hall and on a tour of Italy.

A strong exponent of Prokofiev’s music, Mustonen has performed and recorded all of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos with the Finnish Radio Symphony under Hannu Lintu, released in two volumes in 2016 and 2017 respectively on the Ondine label. He has since performed Prokofiev’s 2nd concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and this season brings the work to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Mustonen is unusual in also offering the complete cycle of Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, in recent years bringing the project in full or in part to Helsinki Music Centre, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, Festival Cervantino Mexico and Singapore Piano Festival, as well as to the Ruhr Piano Festival in his 50th birthday week.

Also close to Mustonen’s heart is the music of Beethoven, all of whose concertos he conducted and played with the Melbourne Symphony in 2010-2012, and of Bartok, whose concerto cycle he performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony in 2012. Mustonen’s repertoire also includes Respighi’s Concerto in modo misolidio, which he has recorded with the Finnish Radio Symphony and Sakari Oramo on the Ondine label.

Olli Mustonen’s recording catalogue is typically broad-ranging and distinctive. Prior to his recording of the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos for Ondine, he released a highly-acclaimed recording of his own Cello Sonata on the BIS label with Steven Isserlis; the pair has since recorded a disc of Russian recital repertoire for Hyperion. Mustonen’s release on Decca of Preludes by Shostakovich and Alkan received the Edison Award and Gramophone Award for the Best Instrumental Recording.

Born in Helsinki, Olli Mustonen began his studies in piano, harpsichord and composition at the age of five. Initially learning with Ralf Gothoni, he subsequently studied piano with Eero Heinonen and composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara.




Virpi Räisänen

Mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen completed her vocal studies at the Utrecht and Amsterdam Conservatoires with the highest distinction under Eugenie Ditewig and Udo Reinemann. Afterwards she has been coached by Margreet Honig. After her career change from a successful violinist to a concert and opera singer in 2009, she has appeared on the stages such as Milano La Scala, Salzburger Festspiele, Radio France's Festival Présences, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musashino Recital Hall in Tokyo, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Netherlands Opera and the Händel Festival Halle, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Finnish National Opera.


Virpi Räisänen, who made in 2016 her concert debut in Milano La Scala launched her international career with a debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 in Luigi Nono's opera Al gran sole carico d'amore, Ingo Metzmacher conducting Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Reinvitation followed in 2010 to sing the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm Dionysos, which was presented in Amsterdam and in Staatsoper Berlin in where she also appeared in the revival of Nono's Al gran sole and in the role of Iseut aux Blanches Mains in Frank Martin's Le vin Herbé. She also premiered in the new opera of Uljas Pulkkis Five women in a Chappel in the Helsinki Festival. She has sung the leading roles of Elmira in Händel's Floridante, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Muse and Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, the staged version of Toshio Hosokawa's monodrama The Raven in Finnish National Opera and in The Parmount Theatre Charlottesville, USA. In De Nationale Opera Amsterdam she appeared in the productions of Lulu by Alban Berg and Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc. Her latest roles include Mr Volpino in Haydn's Lo Speziale (tour in Europe), Hanna Waltz in the world premiere of My Brother's Keeper by Olli Kortekangas (Tampere Oopera), Riika in Aulis Sallinen's The Red Line. Virpi also world premiered an opera written for her Lusia Rusintytär by Juha T. Koskinen in Helsinki Festival.


She made her Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut in 2011 with Gordan Nickolic leading the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and since then she has followed a busy schedule as much asked concert singer all over the world. She has sung for example with the Orchestre Philharmonique et le Choeur de Radio France (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Sakari Oramo and Hannu Lintu), Helsinki Philharmonic (John Storgårds), the Tapiola Sinfonietta (Dima Slobodeniuk, Olari Elts, Anna Maria Helsing), the Flemish Radio Choir and Orchestra (Bo Hoöten), Nederlands Philaharmonisch Orkest, the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Stefan Asbury), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Masaaki Suzuki), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich (Jan Willem de Vriend) etc.


Virpi Räisänen's debut cd The Lagacy of Mahler and received a wide international acclaim and cd of Lugiano Berio's Calmo with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra receiving a nomination for The Gramophone Award in 2015 both for ONDINE.


Virpi Räisänen has performed lied repertoire throughout Europe, USA, Hong Kong and Japan.


She has established herself as a specialist in contemporary music, having performed dozens of new works, many of them written and dedicated to her.

The latest world premieres include vocal acrobatic L'arche by Michel Tabachnick with Insomnia Ensemble, Le miroir courbe by Lotta Wennäkoski with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Earth, Daughter of Spring (in sami language) by Outi Tarkiainen with Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Wayfare Symphony by Uljas Pulkkis with Oulu Sinfonia. The opera Le bonnet de laine by Colin Roche and his string quartet Petites masses des cendres.  Kalevi Aho wrote the finale of his 16th Symphony and for the voice of Virpi Räisänen (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu) and Sateen jälkeen for Vrpi and Meta4 String Quartet, She has also worked with composer Kaija Saariaho and her student Juha T. Koskinen who's new opera Lusia Rusintytär, written for Virpi Räisänen, was premiered in Helsinki Festival 2015.

In Tapio Tuomela's new opera Neljän tien risteys (A four-way junction) Virpi sang the role of Maria written for her voice. In 2018 Virpi premiered My Brother's Keeper by Olli Kortekangs the role of Hanna Waltz and the role of Riika in Punainen viiva (The Red Line) by Aulis Sallinen in Kemi, Finland.


Virpi has created a project called VIULAJA (violin-mezzo) around her ability to sing and play violin simultaneously. Several composers since have collaborated in this project. A film Trasparente in Ilmari Mäenpää's music where Virpi sings and plays violin, was released in 2011 and Cd Trasparente with works for simultaneous violin-mezzo combination will be published in season 2018-19.


In addition to her singing career, Virpi Räisänen has functioned 2011-18 as the Artistic Director of the Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival.


Virpi Räisänen has been awarded with TAITAJA-award and Finnish State Artist grant.




Jaakko Kortekangas

Jaakko Kortekangas


Christian Juslin

Christian Juslin was born in Åland, Finland. He began his music studies at the department of Church Music at the Sibelius Academy and graduated as a voice major. He studied opera singing with Björn Blomqvist, Peter Lindroos and Jorma Hynninen. He has also participated in master classes with Jeffrey Goldberg in New York and Bruno Pola in Italy.

Christian Juslin made his opera debut in Stockholm in 2000, appearing in the role of Alfredo in La Traviataat Folkoperan. Then followed engagements for roles such as Macduff(Macbeth) and Cavaradossi (Tosca).

Prior to his opera career Christian Juslin has worked as a highly versatile musician. He was employed as church organist and choir and orchestra conductor both in Finland and the Nordic countries.

Christian Juslin is often hired as a concert and oratorio soloist for works such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Pärt’s St John Passion,MahlersDas Lied von der Erde,Mozart’s Requiem,and Verdi’s Requiem.

Not only has he worked as a concert singer in all the Nordic countries, but also in Singapore, China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

Among recent and upcoming engagements to be mentioned are Pinkerton in Stockholm, Cavaradossi in Estonia, Bonn, Tulsa (USA) and Norway, Edmund in Reimann’s Lear in Malmö, Don Carlo in Chemnitz, Otello in Chemnitz, Györ (with Jose Cura conducting) and Schwerin and Hamaki in August Ennas Cleopatra at Den Jyske Opera in Denmark.

Christian Juslin was rewared with the prize of the Jussi Björling Society in 2013 and the Matti Salminen  Foundation scholarship in 2015.

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Virva Puumala

Soprano Virva Puumala is studying at the Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki; her teachers include Sirkka Parviainen and Soile Isokoski. Puumala has won two national singing competitions in Finland, the Helsinki Lied Competition in 2018 and the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in 2019. She has sung the title role in Donizetti’s opera Rita, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Kaarina in Tuomela’s Neljän tien risteys, Aurora in Linkola’s Abrahamin pidot and Esther in Tötterström’s Kotiin, which was also performed in Berlin. She has a broad Lieder repertoire, has appeared as an oratorio soloist and has collaborated with a number of Finnish orchestras.


Helsinki Music Centre Chorus

Founded in autumn 2011 on the initiative of Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Stårgords, the Helsinki Music Centre Chorus, which is comprised of about 100 singers, can be regrouped as a male, female or chamber choir as needed.  It works in close partnership with the main Helsinki Music Centre residents: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy.

Composer Tapani Länsiö, who had been the Artistic Director of the choir since 2012, passed the baton to new artistic director Nils Schweckendiek and choral master Jani Sivén on January 14, 2017.

The chorus made its debut in 2012, in a performance by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Its first year culminated in a performance conducted by Leif Segerstam of Beethoven’s ninth, Ode to Joy symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

The HMCC repertoire, planned jointly by the main Helsinki Music Centre occupants, consists primarly of symphonic choral and orchestral works and unaccompanied music for large choir, not forgetting contemporary music. Each year the Chorus gives a concert at the Helsinki Music Centre of unaccompanied hymns on the evening of All Saints Day.
The Chorus appears in concert from eight to ten times a year, mainly at the Helsinki Music Centre but also at other venues, such as festivals. The members of the chorus are amateurs with a passion for singing.


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