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.
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.
Powerful experiences, brilliant artists, a splendid setting and a continually evolving topical perspective on the diverse world of church music! Besides more traditional music events, Lohtaja Church Music Festival will provide pop-up concerts, community singing and other social occasions.
Invigorating chamber music, philosophical debate and intellectual enquiry come together at this fascinating festival, with memorable performances in an idyllic garden city milieu just a short drive from Helsinki.
Our unique urban festival will grace the splendid concert venues of the city and archipelago with music for a wide range of tastes, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, recitals, jazz, world music and concerts for the whole family. Performers will include leading names in Finnish and international classical music, invited to interpret a programme carefully compiled by internationally acclaimed conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä.
Finnish and international artists will bring memorable chamber music experiences to the Finnish capital, delighting all friends of urban summer events at a wide variety of venues in the historic surroundings and downtown districts of the city, and focusing particularly on its unique art nouveau concert halls. The audience-friendly ambience, accessibility, and reasonably priced or free admission concerts are key features of this popular annual festival.