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The Orchestra of the FNO

The Orchestra of the FNO is the largest orchestra in Finland. Founded in 1963, the Orchestra’s membership was increased significantly with the move to the new Opera House in 1993. Today, the Orchestra has 111 members. The Chief Conductor is Michael Güttler. In addition to its proper job – opera and ballet performances – the Orchestra regularly gives concerts.

Principal Conductor

Michael Guttler
Principal conductor
Michael Güttler

Guest conductors

Mikhail Agrest
Guest conductor
Mikhail Agrest
Philippe Beran
Guest conductor
Philippe Béran
Oleg Caetani
Guest conductor
Oleg Caetani
Nick Davies
Guest conductor
Nick Davies
Alessandro De Marchi, photo Sandra Hastenteufel
Guest conductor
Alessandro de Marchi
Andre de Ridder, photo Marco Borggreve
Guest conductor
André de Ridder
John Fiore
Guest conductor
John Fiore
Kurt Kopecky
Guest conductor
Kurt Kopecky
Hannu Lintu, photo Veikko Kähkönen
Guest conductor
Hannu Lintu
Kristiina Poska, photo Kaupo Kikkas
Guest conductor
Kristiina Poska
Robert Reimer
Guest conductor
Robert Reimer
Pietro Rizzo
Guest conductor
Pietro Rizzo
Esa-Pekka Salonen, photo Katja Tähjä
Guest conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Leaders

Ollitapio Lehtinen
1st leader
Ollitapio Lehtinen
Jukka Merjanen
1st leader
Jukka Merjanen
Manfred Grasbeck
2nd leader
Manfred Gräsbeck
3rd leader
Andrus Haav
Johannes Latvala
3rd leader
Johannes Latvala

I violin

Ulla Davidsson
Musician
Ulla Davidsson
Musician
Ruth Haav
Musician
Tuomas Ikonen
Satu Koivula
Musician
Satu Koivula
Musician
Maija Linkola
Mikk Murdvee
Musician
Mikk Murdvee
Musician
Benita Nordell
Aet Ratassepp
Musician
Aet Ratassepp
Soila Saaristo
Musician
Soila Saaristo
Ville Supponen
Musician
Ville Supponen
Musician
Anna Tapio-Paarvala
Lea Tuuri
Musician
Lea Tuuri
Musician
Leho Ugandi
Anna Vahala
Musician
Anna Vähälä
Timo Vanhamäki
Musician
Timo Vanhamäki

II violin

Tuuli Talvitie
Principal
Tuuli Talvitie
Alexander Bargman
Alternating principal
Alexander Bargman
Deputy principal
Kati Király
Eveliina Rasanen
Musician
Eveliina Räsänen
Riikka Sintonen
Deputy principal
Riikka Sintonen
Musician
Luis Fiestas
Eva Grasbeck
Musician
Eva Gräsbeck
Musician
Kari-Pekka Immonen
Liisa Karikuusi
Musician
Liisa Karikuusi
Marjukka Kettunen
Musician
Marjukka Kettunen
Minna Kinnari
Musician
Minna Kinnari
Liisa Lankila
Musician
Liisa Lankila
Sophia Miettunen
Musician
Sophia Miettunen
Musician
Arja Puntila
Severi Salminen
Musician
Severi Salminen
Musician
Markku Sihvonen
Virpi Taskila
Musician
Virpi Taskila
Musician
Ilona Vuorenoja

Viola

Marilou Robitaille-Hains
Sooloalttoviulisti
Marilou Robitaille-Hains
Remi Moingeon
Principal
Rémi Moingeon
Silja Salorinne
Deputy principal
Silja Salorinne
Matti Hirvikangas
Musician
Matti Hirvikangas
Ari-Pekka Hamalainen
Musician
Ari-Pekka Hämäläinen
Musician
Maarit Kantola
Minna Linnove-Pulakka
Musician
Minna Linnove-Pulakka
Musician
Markku Lintunen
Katja Perala
Musician
Katja Perälä
Kaisa Pulkamo
Musician
Kaisa Pulkamo

Violoncello

Jussi Vahala
Principal cello
Jussi Vähälä
Jaakko Paarvala
Principal
Jaakko Paarvala
Deputy principal
Kirsti Väyrynen-Lausund
Musician
Päivi Ahonen
Johan Carlsson
Musician
Johan Carlsson
Anne Lagercrantz
Musician
Anne Lagercrantz
Jussi Seppanen
Musician
Jussi Seppänen
Musician
Ville Turunen
Jussi Viitala
Musician
Jussi Viitala

Double bass

Sami Koivukangas
Principal double bass
Sami Koivukangas
Principal
Henri Dunderfeldt
Tapio Lydecken
Deputy principal
Tapio Lydecken
Miika Asunta
Musician
Miika Asunta
Jyrki Hiilivirta
Musician
Jyrki Hiilivirta
Marko Mikkola
Musician
Marko Mikkola
Juha Pesonen
Musician
Juha Pesonen
Taru Tiusanen
Musician
Taru Tiusanen
Petja Wagoner
Musician
Petja Wagoner

Harp

Stefania Saglietti
Principal
Stefania Saglietti
Ya-Wen Lin
Alternating principal
Ya-Wen Lin

Flute

Timo Pulakka
Principal
Timo Pulakka
Bernadett Boganyi
Alternating principal
Bernadett Bogányi
Matti Närhinsalo
Deputy principal
Matti Närhinsalo
Mervi Kuhanen
Musician
Mervi Kuhanen
Ilkka Laivaara
Musician
Ilkka Laivaara

Oboe

Janne Korhonen
Principal
Janne Korhonen
Antti Hartikainen
Alternating principal
Antti Hartikainen
Veera Pesu
Alternating principal
Veera Pesu
Amelia Coleman
Deputy principal
Amelia Coleman
Laura Kemppainen
Musician
Laura Kemppainen

Clarinet

Niina Selin
Principal
Niina Selin
Tuulia Ylonen
Alternating principal
Tuulia Ylönen
Patrik Stenstrom
Deputy principal
Patrik Stenström
Okko Kivikataja
Musician
Okko Kivikataja
Arto Vainio
Musician
Arto Vainio

Bassoon

Principal
Asko Padinki
Alternating principal
Janne Pulkkinen
Yasuko Matsuzaki-Svala
Deputy principal
Yasuko Matsuzaki-Svala
Ilmari Kuoppa
Musician
Ilmari Kuoppa
Heikki Simola
Musician
Heikki Simola

Horn

Ville Hiilivirta
Principal
Ville Hiilivirta
Principal
Tommi Viertonen
Jose Luis Cortell Ano
Alternating principal
Jose Luis Cortell Año
Tuomo Eerikainen
Deputy principal
Tuomo Eerikäinen
Hannu Kilpi
Musician
Hannu Kilpi
Musician
Juha Leppämäki
Maria Luhtanen
Musician
Maria Luhtanen
Terhikki Tapani
Musician
Terhikki Tapani

Trumpet

Touko Lundell
Principal
Touko Lundell
Esko Savioja
Principal
Esko Savioja
Alternating principal
Xiang Guo
Dmitry Ermilov
Deputy principal
Dmitry Ermilov
Javier Cantos-Sanches
Musician
Javier Cantos Sánchez
Simo Rantanen
Musician
Simo Rantanen

Trombone

John Kotka
Principal
John Kotka
Teppo Alestalo
Alternating principal
Teppo Alestalo
Olav Severeide
Deputy principal
Olav Severeide
Francisco Couto
Musician
Francisco Couto
Niklas Larsson
Musician
Niklas Larsson

Tuba

Simo Finni
Principal
Simo Finni
Principal
Ari-Pekka Kujala

Timpani

Jukka Koski
Principal
Jukka Koski
Heikki Parviainen
Alternating principal
Heikki Parviainen
Samuli Viitanen
Alternating principal
Samuli Viitanen

Percussion

Virva Kuusi
Principal
Virva Kuusi
Keijo Puumalainen
Alternating principal
Keijo Puumalainen
Deputy principal
Uolevi Högström
Jussi Markkanen
Deputy principal
Jussi Markkanen