Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the more highly regarded of the twelve regional symphony orchestras of Finland.

Turku is the most ancient city in Finland. Located two hours northwest of the capital city of Helsinki, it is the home of the mother church of the Lutheran Church in Finland, site of a fourteenth-century castle, location of two important universities (one teaching in Swedish and the other in Finnish), and the Turku
Read more School of Economics. The city's name in Finnish is Turun. Turku is from a Slavic word meaning "trading place," and in Swedish the place is known as Abo.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest in the world, and the oldest in Finland. It was founded in 1790, when Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven were all alive, and played the music of all three during their lifetimes. It was a private organization through most of its existence. It was financially re-organized in 1927, when it became a service of the municipal government.

At that time the orchestra's membership was down to twenty-seven men. Since then, it has been enlarged several times to comprise seventy-three permanent members. This makes it the fourth largest orchestra in Finland but a relatively small orchestra by international standards. It has a reputation for good playing. Its size makes it most suitable for Classical-era music, works of the more conservative Romantic-era composers, and much music of the post-Romantic era.

It ordinarily plays eighteen classical programs a year. In addition, it plays a regular series of chamber orchestra concerts using portions of its personnel, plus popular concerts, special events such as Christmas, Labor Day, and Good Friday concerts, children's and students' concerts, and tours. In addition, it functions as the orchestra for the Turku Opera Association productions at the Turku City Theater.

It has recorded for the Finlandia and Naxos labels. Its recording of Sibelius' early choral symphony, Kullervo, on Naxos quickly sold over 30,000 copies worldwide, a large quantity for a specialized classical release. Read less
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Luttinen, Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 454 Release Date: 09/04/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Essi Luttinen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: 30 of the Best / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578350 Release Date: 04/24/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Silvia Cápová,  Inga Nielsen,  Boris Giltburg,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász,  Béla Drahos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Cassovia,  Kodály String Quartet  ... 
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    Beethoven: Mass in C Major & Other Works / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic, Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574017 Release Date: 04/10/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kaisa Ranta,  Niina Keitel,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Nicholas Söderlund  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
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    Beethoven: Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II & Cantata on the Accession of Leopold II / Segerstam
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574077 Release Date: 03/13/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Juha Kotilainen,  Reetta Haavisto,  Johanna Lehesvuori,  Tuomas Katajala  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis,  The Key Ensemble
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    Beethoven: Die Ruinen von Athen / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574076 Release Date: 02/28/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Reetta Haavisto,  Juha Kotilainen
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
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    Beethoven: Konig Stephan, Leonore Prohaska Excerpts, Opferlied & Germania / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574042 Release Date: 01/10/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ernst Oder,  Claus Obalski,  Roland Astor,  Angela Eberlein  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  The Key Ensemble,  Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
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    Beethoven: Works for Voice & Orchetra / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573882 Release Date: 11/08/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Reetta Haavisto,  Kevin Greenlaw,  Dan Karlström
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Complete Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8500250 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Claudio Otelli,  Ruxandra Donose,  Manfred Fink,  Hasmik Papian  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Leif Segerstam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Egmont (Incidental Music) & Other Works / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573956 Release Date: 10/25/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kaisa Ranta
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573853 Release Date: 09/13/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Christus am Olberge & Elegischer Gesang / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573852 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hanna-Leena Haapamaki,  Jussi Myllys,  Niklas Spĺngberg
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cathedralis Aboensis Chorus
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    Brahms & Segerstam IV / Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 432 Release Date: 06/07/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leif Segerstam
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms & Segerstam III / Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 420 Release Date: 09/21/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leif Segerstam
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Incidental Music / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506032 Release Date: 09/14/2018   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Waltteri [Baritone Vocal] Torikka,  Pia [Soprano Vocal] Pajala,  Sari Nordqvist,  Mikaela Palmu
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Kalevi Aho: Timpani Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 1 / Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2306 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kalevi Aho
    Performer:  Ari-pekka Maenpaa,  Sonja Fraki
    Conductor:  Erkki Lasonpalo,  Eva Ollikainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Introducing Sterling Records
    Label: Sterling Records   Catalog: 2012 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Per August Ölander,  Gustaf Bengtsson,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Otto Emanuel Olsson  ... 
    Performer:  Liisa Pohjola
    Conductor:  Harry Damgaard,  Mats Liljefors,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Jörg-Peter Weigle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Västerĺs Symphony Orchestra,  Gavle Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Danish Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms & Segerstam II / Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leif Segerstam
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Relaxation: Soothing Sounds of Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578341 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Alfred Walter,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms & Sergerstam: Orchestral Works / Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 390 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leif Segerstam
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Scaramouche Op. 71 / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573511 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Swanwhite - Complete Incidental Music / Segerstam
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573341 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Sibelius Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362202 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Johanna Rusanen-Kartano,  Esa Ruuttunen,  Soile Isokoski,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Okko Kamu,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Radio Symphony,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Kuula: South Ostrobothnian Suites I & II / Segerstam, Turku Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toivo Kuula
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Jedermann / Segerstam, Turku
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573340 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Mikaela Palmu
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande / Segerstam, Turku
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573301 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pia [Soprano Vocal] Pajala,  Sari Nordqvist
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
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