Espoo City Orchestra
The Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Espoo City Orchestra founded in 1987, represents uncompromising quality and emphasises the critical role of each musician. Composed of 41 musicians, it specialises in Viennese-Classical repertoire but also performs 20th century modern classics and premieres of contemporary works. It also enjoys forays into children's music, chamber music and crossover productions. The orchestra regularly performs with top soloists and conductors both Finnish and foreign and often also without a conductor. Jorma Panula and Osmo Vänskä were among the orchestra's first Artistic Directors. Jean-Jacques Kantorow's era, beginning in 1993, had a decisive impact on shaping the orchestra's present-day profile and he was named Honorary Conductor in 2011.
The Tapiola Sinfonietta does not have a Chief Conductor. Instead, the artistic planning is in the hands of a team of three consisting of the General Manager and two musicians, in the spirit of modern shared leadership. The orchestra has three Artists in Association at a time, each adding his or her own special edge to the artistic policy.
Versatile and adaptable, the Tapiola Sinfonietta serves its listeners in both international concert arenas and at cultural events in Espoo. Its players have been trained to encounter local inhabitants in many everyday situations: in hospitals, reception centres, family clinics, day nurseries, schools and care homes. In everything the Tapiola Sinfonietta t does, it is guided by joy, artistry and commitment. The orchestra's artistic board, consisting of a General Manager and two elected members of the orchestra, is responsible for all aspects of the Tapiola Sinfonietta's artistic planning. The Tapiola Sinfonietta tours both in Finland and abroad. It records on the BIS, Ondine and cpo labels and has released over 60 discs.
More information on Sinfonietta's website.