Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra is made up of around 70 talented young music students from Espoo Music Institute, EMO. The orchestra has received much praise from critics both in Finland and abroad during concert tours, which have taken the orchestra to many European countries including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Austria. In autumn 2014 they made a tour to China. The orchestra has made recordings for TV, radio and film, and has publishes five CDs to date.
The Espoo Music Institute first founded its own symphony orchestra in 1985 under the baton of Pekka Savijoki. Markus Lehtinen took over in 1993 and Jani Telaranta in 2005, since 2011 orchestra has been conducted by Jan Söderblom and since 2015 by Erkki Lasonpalo. The orchestra works on a project basis and prepares 3-4 programmes per year. The members of the orchestra take part in planning process. They become inspired by the shared goal – exploring music and it’s emotions together. The orchestra is an enthusiastic, youthful embodiment of the joy and pain of existence.
The foundation for the acclaimed ensemble and its distinctive sound is the step-by-step orchestra-training programme of the Espoo Music Institute, in which young musicians move up from one orchestra to the next as they become more advanced. By the time they reach the symphony orchestra, they are not only masters of their own instruments but are experienced ensemble musicians as well. A mutual job well done, even if it entails a lot of hard work, is a tremendous experience and generates a great sense of belonging together.
The orchestra’s home is the Tapiola Hall, located at the Espoo Cultural Centre. Throughout its history, the orchestra has works with Finland’s leading musicians, with soloists including Jorma Hynninen, Réka Szilvay, Matti Raekallio, Pietari Inkinen, Sakari Oramo, Hagai Shaham, Roi Ruottinen, Paavali Jumppanen etc. The orchestra has collaborated with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonietta, appeared on Finnish TV broadcasts, recorded music for commercials, radio broadcasts, and the feature films Bad Luck Love, Aleksis Kivi, Abandoned Houses, Empty Yards and Storm.