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.
RUSK is a chamber music festival held annually in Pietarsaari/Jakobstad, Finland at the end of November. At the heart of this festival embracing superb chamber music and various other genres of the arts is the Schauman Hall in the centre of town, but the events also spread out into the surrounding urban environment.
The festival was founded in 2013 by its Artistic Directors, clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist and composer Sebastian Fagerlund. In the space of one week, artists both Finnish and foreign give concerts of both chamber music classics and rarities along with contemporary works. Each year, the festival invites a guest of international renown as its focus composer. In 2013 this was Sebastian Fagerlund and in 2014 Daníel Bjarnason.
RUSK seeks to reflect the present day and age with its myriad variations and challenges. It is a melting pot in which creativity is unleashed in exotic contexts at the darkest, bleakest time of the northern year.
Fine music and splendid natural surroundings combine to provide an unforgettable experience in Enontekiö and the North Calotte region. With concerts held in wilderness huts or churches, these performances are always truly intimate occasions for the audience. The events of this northernmost celebration of sacred and classical music in the European Union are mainly arranged during Easter week, but we also enrich the cultural life of the region with concerts at other times of year.
This unique event provides an opportunity to hear new and early chamber music at atmospheric concert venues set amidst the splendid scenery of the Ostrobothnian coast. The accomplished Swedish violinist Cecilia Zilliacus has served as our Artistic Director since 2018.
This biennial international celebration brings a contingent of international stars, including leading figures in Finnish piano art and promising young pianists, to the concert halls of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The 30th anniversary programme of PianoEspoo Festival in 2021 will be carefully designed by our Artistic Director, the celebrated pianist Paavali Jumppanen.
The most beautiful melodies of the mediaeval, renaissance and baroque periods interpreted by leading musicians amidst the age-old cultural landscapes of Rautavesi! The mediaeval stone churches and leading cultural sites of Sastamala serve as charming concert venues. Our thematic five-year programme for 2018 – 2023 transports audiences to a series of cities served by waterways that have linked them to the wider world and turned them into flourishing centres of culture. The theme of our silver jubilee festival will be Enchanting Bruges, celebrating the musical accomplishments of this famous Flemish city.