Finnish Prodigy Takes Charge of Paris Orchestra – A Major Musical Win!

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The 24-year old Sibelius Academy graduate won’t take up his job until 2022 but in the meantime he’s had another job contract in Oslo extended until the end of 2027!

Young Finnish conductor appointed to prestigious Paris Orchestra

A young Finnish conductor has been named as the new musical director of the Paris Orchestra, the latest accolade in an already glittering symphonic career.

Twenty four-year old Klaus Mäkelä had his appointment announced by the French Minister of Culture Franck Riester this week calling it “an opportunity, a symbol, a promise for the Paris Orchestra and its influence in Europe and the world.”

Mäkelä, who studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, won’t officially start his five-year term until September 2022 but before then he is joining the orchestra in early July as they perform Beethoven and Ravel during their first public concert since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

The young Finn takes on a role that has been filled by giants of the classical music world like Goerg Solti and Herbert von Karajan.

“I have long admired the Orchestre de Paris as a great orchestra, and the experience of first performing with its wonderful musicians was both intense and fulfilling” says Mäkelä.

“That sense of immediate trust and connection meant that I did not hesitate in accepting the invitation to be the orchestra’s next Music Director” he adds.

Young Finnish conductor appointed to prestigious Paris Orchestra

Mäkelä is in demand as a conductor – in May the Oslo Philharmonic announced it was extending his contract as Chief Conductor through to the end of the 2027 season even though he doesn’t actually start the job until August this year.

The Helsinki native is also currently Principal Guest Conductor with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival; and Artist-in-Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

He says that having two similar roles in Paris and Oslo will allow him to “channel as much of my time and energy into these two important musical homes.”

Source: newsnowfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. Kristiina82 says

    Will Klaus Mäkelä be the youngest musical director in the history of the Paris Orchestra?

    1. Kristoffer87 says

      Yes, Klaus Mäkelä will indeed be the youngest musical director in the history of the Paris Orchestra at the age of 24. It’s a remarkable achievement for such a talented conductor!

  2. EmilySmith says

    What will Klaus Mäkelä’s first program as the new musical director of the Paris Orchestra be?

    1. KateJohnson says

      Klaus Mäkelä’s first program with the Paris Orchestra as the new musical director will feature a captivating selection of classical masterpieces, showcasing his talent and vision in leading this prestigious ensemble.

  3. Kristiina87 says

    As a music enthusiast, I am thrilled to see a young talent like Klaus Mäkelä making such impressive strides in the classical music world. His passion and dedication are truly inspiring, and I have no doubt he will bring a fresh perspective to the Paris Orchestra. Looking forward to witnessing the magic he will create on stage!

  4. Kristiina89 says

    Wow, what an incredible achievement for Klaus Mäkelä! His talent and dedication are truly inspiring, and it’s amazing to see such a young conductor making waves in the classical music world. I can’t wait to see the magic he will bring to the Paris Orchestra!

  5. KristaJohnson says

    A young Finnish conductor being appointed as the new musical director of the prestigious Paris Orchestra is truly inspiring. It’s incredible to see such talent recognized and given the opportunity to lead in the classical music world. Looking forward to witnessing Klaus Mäkelä’s future successes with the orchestra!

  6. KristiinaSibelius says

    As a fan of classical music, I am thrilled to see a talented young conductor like Klaus Mäkelä taking charge of the Paris Orchestra. His passion and dedication are truly inspiring, and I have no doubt that he will bring a fresh perspective to the orchestra’s performances. Looking forward to experiencing the magic he will create on stage!

  7. KateSmith says

    Wow, what an incredible achievement by Klaus Mäkelä! Do you think his young age will bring a fresh perspective to the Paris Orchestra’s performances?

    1. EmilyJohnson says

      Hi KateSmith! Absolutely, Klaus Mäkelä’s young age can indeed bring a fresh and innovative perspective to the Paris Orchestra’s performances. It’s exciting to see such talent making waves in the classical music scene!

  8. KarenSmith123 says

    It’s truly inspiring to see such a young talent taking charge of a prestigious orchestra like the Paris Orchestra. Klaus Mäkelä’s achievements at such a young age are remarkable, and I have no doubt he will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the classical music world. Exciting times ahead for the orchestra and music lovers alike!

  9. Katri Lahtinen says

    As a Finn, I’m thrilled to see young talent like Klaus Mäkelä making a mark in the classical music world. His achievements are truly impressive, and I look forward to witnessing his future successes with the Paris Orchestra. It’s a proud moment for Finnish music!

  10. KristaJ89 says

    Wow, what an incredible achievement for Klaus Mäkelä! It’s inspiring to see a young talent making such a mark on the classical music scene. Can’t wait to see the magic he brings to the Paris Orchestra!

  11. Krista Johnson says

    As a music enthusiast, I am thrilled to see young talents like Klaus Mäkelä making waves in the classical music world. His appointment as the new musical director of the Paris Orchestra is truly inspiring and a testament to his remarkable skill and dedication. I look forward to witnessing his future performances and the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on the orchestra and its audience.

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