Lapland Chamber Orchestra announced as the lead performer at the Ukko-Luosto open-air concert.

Founded in 1972, Lapland Chamber Orchestra is the most northerly professional chamber orchestra in Finland and indeed in the entire EU. The orchestra has 18 full-time members and its Artistic Director is conductor John Storgårds. Photo Tina Lindroos

At the Ukko-Luosto open-air concert the orchestra will be conducted by cellist-conductor Tomas Djupsjöbacka, who is also the Principal Guest Conductor for the orchestra until the summer of 2021. He studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy, graduating in 2017, and has conducted nearly all orchestras in Finland. Djupsjöbacka is also a founding member of the string quartet Meta4, as well as the only Finnish member of the renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  

The soloist of the main concert is Anders Paulsson, a Swedish soprano saxophonist. Since his Carnagie Hall debut in 1992, he has performed hundreds of concerts in over 20 countries. Numerous composers from around the world have dedicated pieces to Paulsson, and he has also succeeded in forging a rare career as a soprano saxophone artist outside the classical sphere.

The main concert will be held at 13:00-15:00 on Saturday, August 1st 2020, surrounded by the striking fell vistas of Ukko-Luosto. Photo Antti Hannuniemi

The artistic director of the Sounds of Luosto –festival is a young Finnish-American conductor Aku Sorensen.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Aku now lives in Finland and has studied the violin and conducting at the Sibelius Academy.

Active as both a conductor and a violinist, Aku has worked in and conducted many of Finland’s major orchestras, including time in the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and concerts with Lahti Sinfonia and Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

Aku is one of the founding members of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, as well as their concert master. He is also the producer of the NYKY-ensemble. He is also the violinist in a number of chamber music ensembles.