The Aria Borealis competition is getting closer
For the first time at the turn of June-July in Bodø, Northern Norway, the Aria Borealis competition brings together young singers enthusiastic about baroque music. FiBO is one of the organizers of the competition, so FiBO's Executive Manager Laura Kajander got to answer a few interview questions. The first round will be held on Monday 27th of June and the second on Saturday 2nd of July. They can be followed through the live-stream. You will find the stream link here.
Interview with Olga Heikkilä
Soprano Olga Heikkilä is a versatile musician, and according to one answer, the work as a professional musician is indeed very demanding and requires various skills.
Presenting our new artistic planner
FiBO’s new artistic planner is violinist Anthony Marini! What kinds of ideas and plans does he have in mind regarding this new role? Anthony has also been featured earlier in a musician interview. (In addition to the artistic planner, FiBO’s leadership trio includes artistic director Petteri Pitko and managing director Laura Kajander. Pauliina Fred was the artistic planner from 2018–2021.)
Austrian signs of life during times of Covid
Piia Maunula, oboe student in Salzburg, Austria, how has the pandemic affected your life? (The text was written in December 2021.)
Traveling with a wolf
In the autumn of 2020, the project Rapitative took place in Kaarela. Riika J. Virtanen joined the group of performers. The project was a part of FiBO's At the Roots and the National Theater’s At the Arch -projects, which carry out regional work in accordance with the Helsinki model, where residents of the area can experience and make culture in a new way. This autumn, the residents of Kaarela can participate in the event called Encounters in the Baroque Market.
What on earth Nordic Baroque Scene?
Mari Giske (Barokkanerne), Nikolaj de Fine Licht (Concerto Copenhagen ), Olof Larsson (Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble) and Laura Kajander (Finnish Baroque Orchestra) tell about the Nordic Baroque Scene collaboration. Its first event will be on 25th August in Helsinki. Furthermore it is possible to get to know the Nordic Baroque Scene on its own web page.
Interview with Kajsa Dahlbäck
Hearing Emma Kirkby sing was the experience that made Kajsa Dahlbäck forget her plans about becoming a medical doctor. And the change was worth it, Kajsa has been part of a large amount of projects!
Interview with Virpi Räisänen
The mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen, performing in the concert The Birth of the World, was strongly heading towards a career as a violinist, but eventually her passion for singing won over her playing. In the interview Virpi tells about her career and what kind of changes in her life the pandemic has brought with it.
Experiences from Rapitative in Kaarela
During the autumn of 2020 Karolina Lamroth from Kannelmäki participated in Rapitative (Räpätätiivi), which was a FiBO-project in the Kaarela area and part of the At the Roots -project. The local project At the Roots was done following the Helsinki model, meaning that culture is experienced and created in a new way for all the area’s inhabitants to experience. When the Covid-19 situation is better new projects are coming! The easiest way to get information about them is from FiBO’s più-page. You can also ask about the projects on the address email@example.com.
Interview with Anton Steck
A funny coincidence is that Anton Steck, the leading violist during FiBO's Die Families Bach in November, played the baroque violin for the first time in Finland! The year was 1989, and the occasion was a visit with his chamber group during his studies in Karlsruhe.