Domestic and international top artists, as well as major orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz and open-air concerts.
The oldest continuously running annual music festival in Finland - founded in 1960. The programme of the Turku Music Festival this summer serves up a versatile musical menu. The festival opens with Latvian top soprano Kristine Opolais, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu.
World-famous detective story author Donna Leon discusses literature and the Venetian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro brings Baroque opera to the vaults of the Old Academy Building.
At the Ruissalo boatyard, actor Roope Salminen and Kolina perform a full-length musical improvised show, and a wonderful ballet gala is staged by members of the Finnish National Ballet and the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland.
In the home concert series, listeners are invited to homes at Vähätori -square, Vartiovuori hill, Ruissalo and, repeated by popular request, to the studio home of artist Johanna Oras at Koski. Jazz is provided by Iiro Rantala and Ulf Wakenius and by the Max De Aloe Baltic Trio.
The festival concludes with performers from Paris. Journalist and author Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, widely known and appreciated in France, and pianist Eliane Reyes tell a love story through music and poetry at Turku Castle on two nights, and the very last concert of the festival is a two-piano recital by Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie.