A refreshing review of art experiences delivered by great artists in concert halls, churches and even in a steam train, in the forest, or in the intimate ambience of a late evening concert. To accompany the concert series, the Nurmes Summer Academy presents the performances of rising young talents. Audiences may follow teaching and lecture events, and you may even attend a private master class of your own! Pianists Tuija Hakkila and Anna Laakso are responsible for plotting the artistic direction of this event.
This splendid festival focuses on song music performed at local venues, together with courses for singers and musicians, and the Kangasniemi singing competition. The Artistic Director of the festival is the distinguished conductor Mikko Franck.
A week of top-class concerts with leading Finnish and international performing artists at several concert venues in unique and scenic surroundings. Our chamber music entertains audiences at churches, chapels, village halls and other interesting venues in the district. Our programme respects the classical tradition, while reserving a place for contemporary music and premiere performances. We also seek to transcend artistic boundaries, for example by combining music and text. Artistic Director Anna Aminoff was a founder of this festival in 2006.
Come and enjoy leading artists performing at incomparable concert venues in a genuine rural setting. Concerts are arranged in splendid locations, such as the wooden church at Luhanka, the mediaeval church at Sysmä, and large manor houses in the region. The Artistic Director of the festival is the distinguished conductor Elina Vähälä.
RUSK festival combines superior chamber music with various artistic disciplines in a melting pot where creativity can flow in exotic contexts, even during a darker and chillier time of year. The festival was founded in 2013 by clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist and composer Sebastian Fagerlund. The prominent conductor Anna-Maria Helsing has served as Artistic Director of the RUSK festival since 2020.