World's top musicians at Mikkeli Music Festival in July 2022

Mikkeli Music Festival brings together world’s top musicians and music lovers under the theme “New hope"

The program of the Mikkeli XXXI Music Festival reflects new hope in the winds of change of the world. The mission of the festival, giving memorable concert experiences by international top-level orchestras and artists, has not changed. The core and soul of the music festival lives and breathes stronger than ever. The festival brings people together to enjoy the unique spirit of the Mikkeli Music Festival.

Concerts filled with breath-taking virtuosity from one music genre to another

The festival programme is more international and versatile than ever. World’s leading orchestras and artists, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra London conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali with violinist Pekka Kuusisto as well as pianist Bruce Liu, have raised great interest, which shows also in the ticket sale. Lovers of classical music are also indulged with concerts of, for example, the Finnish baritone Aarne Pelkonen, Vivo Symphony orchestra conducted by Erkki Lasonpalo with violinist Otto Antikainen, and String Quartet Equilibrium from Poland. The Gregorian music concert “Praise the Silence” of the Grammy-awarded Vox Clamantis choir led by Jaan-Eik Tulve in Mikkeli Cathedral offers a haven for mind and soul. 

The Austrian-Hungarian Janoska Ensemble amazes with its improvisations and fantastic new arrangements of great classics, such as Beethoven’s nine symphonies and Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo á la Turk. The popular jazz singer Elena Mindru and her band perform new European jazz from her new album “Hope” with the Polish virtuoso Adam Bałdych, one of Europe's most famous jazz violinists. 

First-class entertaining performances offer something for everyone

On the opening day, young artists-in-residence accompanied by pianist Juho Valjakka give a taste of the festival’s programme in a free concert in Stella Tähtitori. The show & dinner at restaurant Greeneri on the opening evening leads the guests to the world of Finnish couplet. To continue the joyous spirits, the Finnish soprano, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, accompanied by pianist Jukka Nykänen lifts the audience to a wonderfully light mood in their concert “Relax, honey” full of light opera, musical songs and famous movie soundtracks. The festival week offers something also for the entire family – the band Hevisaurus is sure to move even small children with their fun songs in a concert at Naisvuori.

See the detailed programme of Mikkeli Music Festival