Juha Kangas, conductor

A native of the Ostrobothnia region, Juha Kangas began his musical career as a folk fiddler. His move into conducting took an unusual route with the emphasis less on formal studies and more on wide-ranging professional experience. Kangas studied the violin under Onni Suhonen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. After a period of five years as a viola player in the Helsinki Philharmonic, he took up the post of lecturer at the Central Ostrobothnian Music Institute (now the Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory; 1972-1986). As a sideline to his teaching activities, he founded the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in 1972 and continues to act as its Artistic Director to this day.

Juha Kangas was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Music in 1992 and received the Latvian Great Music Award in 1998.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
12 Concertos

Vladimir Ashkenazy · Patrick Gallois · Richard Stoltzman · et al.
ODE 1156-2Q (4CD)

Released 09/2009

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Pēteris Vasks
Symphony No. 2
Violin Concerto "Distant Light"

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
John Storgårds, violin
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
ODE 1005-2

Released 01/2003

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
Complete Works for String Orchestra

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
ODE 983-2D (2CD)

Released 04/2001

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Mikko Heiniö
In G

Juhani Lagerspetz, piano
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
ODE 870-2

Released 01/1996

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