Who we are
When you mention the term “Finnish conducting school”, no doubt the first thing to come to mind are the Finnish conductors of nearly legendary status such as Paavo Berglung (1929–2012), Leif Segerstam (b. 1944), Okko Kamu (b. 1946) or Esa-Pekka Salonen (b. 1958). Finns seem to be disproportionately well represented in the world of conducting and perhaps only Estonia, our southern neighbour, has more well-known international orchestra conductors per capita! But what is meant by the Finnish conducting school, and does such a thing exist?
Finnish Conducting School Masterclass in Helsinki, Finland February 19–23, 2024
Ten participants will get an intense masterclass experience over five days in Helsinki, Finland, working with maestro Sasha Mäkilä and Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra. The course consists of four rehearsals and a public concert as well as technique sessions together with our faculty pianist every day before the rehearsal.
Studying with Sasha Mäkilä is the best thing I could’ve done to help my development as a conductor. He has inspired me to think of the different colors of the orchestra, and how I can encourage the musicians, both through interaction and technique, to showcase the music. Sasha Mäkilä makes himself relatable to his students so that he creates an environment of good communication, creativity, and learning.
Artistic Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Union Symphony Orchestra
Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä is gaining recognition as one of the most prominent rising talents of his generation in both operatic and symphonic fields. Since 2017 maestro Mäkilä has been Artistic Director of the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra. In a short period of time, Mäkilä has made a name for himself as a versatile artist with a broad repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. In maestro Mäkilä’s previous post as Music Director of St Michel Strings, he lifted the orchestra from near oblivion to national fame, taking them on international tours and music festivals and by inviting world-class soloists as well as introducing concert webcasts.