Year 2014 is the 12th in the history of the festival. Once again it will bring together the friends of classical music to the breathtaking mountain landscape of Luosto and Pyhä.

For the first time in the history of LuostoClassic festival the Youth LuostoClassic, an orchestra camp for young players of classical music, will be arranged. The key objective of the camp is to provide the youngsters with the opportunity to play together and to participate in this unique festival.


From the Artistic Director

A warm welcome to the breath-taking concert venues of LuostoClassic, to join with us in experiencing the unity of nature and music, now for the 12th time already!

Earth, air, fire and water are strongly present in the unique milieu of the Luosto and Pyhä Fells. Schubert’s Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Water), Scriabin’s Vers la flamme (Toward the Flame), Respighi’s Il tramanto (The Sunset) and Nordgren’s Rock Score – to mention just a few – point us to our theme for this summer: Elements.

Among the other chamber music “gems” on the programme are Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Liederkreis, and Puccini’s Chrysanthemums. Pehr Henrik Nordgren, one of the leading Finnish composers of his generation, was born 70 years ago so I wanted our programme to feature some of his eloquent, powerful orchestral and choral works. We will also be hearing the challenging String Quintet and the Solo for double bass by another eminent Finnish composer, Kalevi Aho.

The exotic element of our programme this time comes from Argentina. Marcelo Nisinman, who has discovered a distinctive musical and expressive idiom all of his own based on the Tango Nuevo and Musica Porteño (the music of Buenos Aires), will be with us in the role of composer, arranger and bandoneonist. Jukka Perko and his ensemble return to LuostoClassic with music by Simon & Garfunkel at the late-night concert on Saturday evening.

Two world-class Finnish ensembles – the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas and the EMO Ensemble led by Pasi Hyökki – make their first visit to LuostoClassic, as do many of our fine performers from both Finland and abroad.

Surrounded by nature and music, it is easy to get absorbed in listening. I wish you all hours of radiant artistic enjoyment in the nightless northern night.

Sunny listening!

Marko Ylönen

Artistic Director of LuostoClassic