The festive tradition of the Strauss Concerts in the Finlandia Hall on January 5 at 7 pm and on January 6 at 2 pm makes a joyful start to the New Year. This year is a very special as independent Finland is celebrating its centenary. The repertoire will consist of music that relates to our country’s history.
The charismatic and charming professor Atso Almila conducts the Sibelius-Academy Symphony Orchestra now for the 17th consecutive year! The orchestra’s talent and Almila’s long and broad competence invites the audience to wonderful music adventures in the joyful world of the Strauss Dynasty.
Hedvig Paulig, soprano
The Finnish soprano Hedvig Paulig started her music studies with the violin and proceeded to study singing at the age of 15. She graduated with a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2004 and later completed her M. Mus at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Hedvig Paulig has won the International Sibelius Singing Competition in Järvenpää, Finland.
Hedvig Paulig is a versatile lyric soprano, whose repertoire includes opera, operetta, oratorio and lieder. Critics and audiences have credited her warm and resonant voice as well as her genuine and musical interpretation.
Markus Nieminen, baritone
The years engaged to the Staatsoper in Vienna has given Markus a natural feel for the Viennese music. He has during the years been a regular guest performer at the Finnish National Opera as well as in several Opera Houses around Europe.
Markus Nieminen has been awarded the Martti Talvela bursary and the Wiener Staatsoper has awarded him with the prestigious Eberhard Wächter singer’s prize. He has also won the Lappeenranta singing competition and the Opera Grand Prix among others.
Heikki Halinen, tenor
Heikki Halinen started singin already at the age of eight at the Cantores Minores boys choir in Helsinki. During the last years he has studied with professor Seppo Ruohonen and had further tuition among others in Italy. Halinen has in a short time become a very sought after soloist. His repertoire consists in addition to opera also international music in Dean Martin style.
Halinen has a masters degree from the Helsinki University. He works also as a consultant in the IT world.
Strauss accommodation or dinner at the new Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki offers accommodation in conjunction with the Strauss-concerts starting from 88 € / night in double room. The price includes breakfast, gym, free sauna and pool. You can also book your concert tickets through the hotel when making you room reservation.
Enjoy during the concert days a three course Strauss menu of 25 € pp in our Kitchen & Table restaurant.
Reservations telephone +358 10 850 3820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget the code STRAUSS.