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Tampere Philharmonic Choir

Tampere Philharmonic Choir and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra 2018.

The Tampere Philharmonic Choir, founded 1990, is a large mixed choir focusing mainly on major choral works with orchestra. Their most important partner is the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom they perform 2–5 major works each year.

The choir has also performed with a number of other orchestras in Finland and abroad, e.g. the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Estonian Theatre, and the State Opera of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In addition to famous choral works, the choir's repertoire includes rarities like the Belshazzar oratorio by Georg Friedrich Händel, Robert Schumann's Requiem (both of which were Finnish premieres), Uuno Klami's Psalmus and Einar Englund's Sixth Symphony.

The choir has made three recordings with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra: the premiere recording of Sibelius's Press Celebrations Music (ODE 913.2), which received three recording prizes; Einar Englund's Sixth Symphony (ODE 951-2), which received the national Janne Award of the IFPI in 2001; and the 3rd Symphony by George Enescu (ODE 1197-2).

Another important line of repertoire for the Tampere Philharmonic Choir are independent a cappella productions. A cappella concerts have played an important part in the shaping and development of the choir's sound. Their first a cappella recording came out in spring 2002.

The Tampere Philharmonic Choir has an active membership of about 90.

Artistic Director

Artistic director Ruut Kiiski

Ruut Kiiski is graduated as a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from The Royal college of Music in Stockholm (2015), Master of Music in choir conducting from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (2011) and Master of Music in church music in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (2008).

Since then she has conducted several choirs and orchesters in Finland and Sweden. She has worked in couple of opera productions as a assisstant conducter and taken part also master classes and awarded in competitions e.g. Paris, London and Budapest.

Choirmaster

Choirmaster Jouni Rissanen

Jouni Rissanen is graduated as a Master of Music from Sibelius Academy in music pedagogy in Helsinki (2011) and music pedagogy in choir conducting from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki (2012).

Since 2011 Rissanen has been a Artistic Director of Pirkanpojat Boys’ choir of Tampere Cathedral.

Assistant director

Assistant director
Sari Oksavuori

The assistant director Sari Oksavuori has graduated as a church organist from Tampere Conservatoire in 2001 and got a Master's degree in music from Sibelius Academy in 2005. She has studied choral conducting with teachers such as Timo Nuoranne, Jorma Hannikainen, Heikki Liimola, Seppo Murto and Kari Turunen and has a degree in choral conducting. She is also an accomplished cantor-organist.

Presently Sari Oksavuori works as an appointed cantor in Ylöjärvi.