Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra was founded at the initiative of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jukka-Pekka Saraste in 1983. It was founded to satisfy a need for high-quality ensemble work by enthusiastic and highly skilled musicians, and because it was recognized that a great deal of contemporary music and other rare repertoire would remain unperformed otherwise. Avanti! has responded admirably to the challenge that it set itself: many new musical ideas in Finland have been channelled through it.

Since 1986, the Orchestra has held a music festival of its own, Suvisoitto ("Summer Sounds"), every summer in Porvoo. Avanti! is constantly on the move: it has become one of the most active ambassadors of Finnish music abroad. The renowned Finnish clarinettist Kari Kriikku has been Artistic Director of Avanti! since 1998.

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Discography (extract)

Kaija Saariaho

70 Years

(Digital album)


ODE 1407-2

Released 01/2023

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Kaija Saariaho
Works for Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach · Hannu Lintu · Esa-Pekka Salonen · Jukka Pekka Saraste
ODE 1113-2Q (4 CD)

Released 02/2012

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Magnus Lindberg
Orchestral Music

Sakari Oramo · Esa-Pekka Salonen · Jukka Pekka Saraste
ODE 1110-2Q (4CD)

Released 03/2011

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Kaija Saariaho
Graal théâtre (chamber version)

John Storgårds, violin
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
ODE 997-2

Released 05/2002

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