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Music in the Cathedral: Tatu Kauppinen & David Munk-Nielsen


The winner of the 2022 Turku Cello Competition and audience’s favourite Tatu Kauppinen and the winner of the 2021 Tampere Piano Competition David Munk-Nielsen will perform together at the opening concert of the Music in the Cathedral week. These young and talented competition winners have worked together before as well. The concert will feature music by Mendelssohn, Kodály and Shostakovich in a stunning and atmospheric setting.

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The Turku Music Festival is Finland’s oldest continuously running music festival. It has evolved into a diverse urban event with a wide range of excellent music.

The Turku Music Festival was founded by the Musical Society in Turku in 1960. It has evolved into a diverse urban event with a wide range of excellent music including grand orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz, outdoor events and children’s concerts. The guest roster includes Finnish and foreign stars each year. The current artistic director is Klaus Mäkelä; his predecessors include Ville Matvejeff, Topi Lehtipuu, Olli Mustonen and Martti Rousi.

Programme 2023

The programme of the Turku Music Festival for 2023 features top-notch international guest artists, interesting concerts and completely new programme concepts. The programme was devised in collaboration with a wide range of artists and partners.

In 2023, we are revisiting some of the most positively received concert venues: in addition to Turku Concert Hall, there are concerts at several homes, at the Paimio Sanatorium, at the Ruissalo Shipyard, at various churches and chapels and on Market Square. There will also be a variety of outdoor events.

Join us for a wealth of memorable experiences in 2023!

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