Helsingin sanomat OP-Pohjola Kemira S-ryhmä Accenture Eastway Elisa Taloussanomat

Ensemble Intercontemporain / Ircam, Pierre Boulez & Susanna

A contemporary classical music icon, Pierre Boulez brings the best new music talent to Helsinki. The ensemble is conducted by Music Director Susanna Mälkki. The visit forms part of the Helsinki Festival's French new music programme.

"Clearly, Susanna Mälkki is a force to be reckoned with."
The New York Times

Ensemble Intercontemporain
Soprano Barbara Hannigan (14.8.2009)
Conductor Pierre Boulez
Conductor Susanna Mälkki


13.8.2009 49 / 20 €, Temppeliaukio church
Bruno Mantovani: Le sette chiese
Pierre Boulez: Dérive 2

14.8.2009 59–35 / 20 €, FInlandia building
Yann Robin: Art of metal III
Luca Francesconi: Etymo
Pause 60min: Meet the Artist - Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez: Dialogue de l'ombre double
Pierre Boulez: ...explosante - fixe...


Photo: Philippe Gontier









All these performances, it almost goes without saying, had a nearly supernatural precision and finesse, thanks in no small part to Ms. Malkki’s detailed, assertive direction. Clearly, she is a force to be reckoned with.
The New York Times

The Ensemble Intercontemporain's visit must be ranked as one of the musical highs of 2008.

This is the man who (...) has done more than any other person alive to define the idea of what modern music is, and how it should sound.
The Guardian 2008


Musical Spaces - a discussion event

The Musical Spaces event is an opportunity for participants to engage in discussion about the new concert halls being created in Europe and the philosophies that underpin them. Can their design, acoustics and programmes be used to transform music into a genuinely holistic experience for all? Read more about the discussion event here.

Discussion in English.

IRCAM workshops

What does it take to build a musical instrument? How is sound created? How can sound be expressed digitally? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in a series of workshops run by the IRCAM Institute during Helsinki Festival. They are an opportunity for the young participants to experiment with both computers and traditional instruments to create new instruments and sounds and bring them together into virtual orchestras. Read more about the workshops here.






Thu 13/8  at 19.30 
Fri 14/8  at 19.00 


49 / 20 // 59-35 / 20 €
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