Klaus Mäkelä

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Klaus Mäkelä is a Finnish conductor and cellist who has been making waves in the international classical music scene. Born on 3rd February 1996, he studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and began his career as an accomplished cellist before transitioning to conducting.

Mäkelä's style is characterized by a deep understanding of the music he conducts, coupled with an innate ability to communicate this understanding to both the orchestra and the audience. He possesses a rare natural talent, which he combines with a profound knowledge of musical history and theory. His conducting is marked by precision, energy, and an emotional depth that resonates with audiences worldwide.

In terms of career highlights, Mäkelä was appointed as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020, making him one of the youngest conductors to ever hold such a prestigious position. He also holds positions with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor, and with The Hague's Residentie Orkest as Principal Guest Conductor.

His accomplishments include debuts with several world-renowned orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, London Symphony Orchestra among others. In addition to this impressive list of achievements, Mäkelä was named Artist of the Year at the annual Finnish Classical Music Awards in 2018.


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