Klaus Mäkelä is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2021 he became music director of Orchestre de Paris, which he had served as artistic advisor since the start of the 2020–21 season. He is also artistic director of the Turku Music Festival.
An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, Mäkelä has recorded the complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label. Their spring 2022 release ties in with his first major tour European tour with the orchestra for Sibelius residencies in the Vienna Konzerthaus and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and additional concerts at the Paris Philharmonie and London Barbican.
This season he appears as a portrait artist at the Wiener Konzerthaus and guest conducts The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic. He returns to Switzerland’s Verbier Festival to conduct the Verbier Festival and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestras as well as perform as a chamber musician. He also makes his first appearance at the Jurmala Festival in Riga with the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra.
In 2020–21 Mäkelä appeared with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and Tapiola Sinfonietta. As artist-in-residence at Spain’s Granada Festival he conducted the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, and Orchestre de Paris. At Verbier he conducted and performed cello in a chamber music program.
Klaus Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen, and Hannu Kiiski. As a soloist, he has performed with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
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