EERO LEHTIMÄKI

BIOGRAPHY

Eero Lehtimäki (b. 1989) made his breakthrough by conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in concert on extremely short notice at Turku Music Festival in 2016. Since then, he has performed with almost all of the Finnish professional symphony orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Filharmonia, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. He started as the artistic director and chief conductor of Joensuu City Orchestra in 2019, and has been the artistic director of the Brinkhall Music Festival since 2018. In 2020, Lehtimäki began working as the artistic director of the Joensuu Winter Music Festival.

Eero started his conducting studies with Jorma Panula’s class for young conductors in 2010 and finished his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy in spring 2016. He has also studied orchestral and opera conducting in Vienna with Johannes Wildner, Simeon Pironkoff and Konrad Leitner. Eero has attended master classes of Jorma Panula and Valery Gergiev and studied privately with Hannu Lintu.

Before starting his conducting studies, Lehtimäki graduated from the Helsinki Conservatory of Music with clarinet and bass clarinet as main instruments, and he has also studied the historical clarinets in Austria and Germany. He has been an Iitti Music Festival artist annually since 2013 and he is still irregularly performing as soloist and musician with various orchestras and chamber music groups. In addition to his acknowledgements as a musician, Lehtimäki has also graduated as a Master of Science (Technology) in acoustics at the Aalto University. He admires versatile sophistication and makes music to take people to places they could not even imagine.

UPCOMING EVENTS

26.1.2022 at 7 p.m.
House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland

Game Music Collective

CANCELLED

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor

29.1.2022 at 3 p.m.
LIVE STREAM from Helsinki Cathedral, Finland

Café Barock

Vera Plosila, flute
Piia Maunula, oboe
Eero Lehtimäki, clarinet
Henriikka Teerikangas, horn
Jaakko Luoma, bassoon

Franz Danzi: Quintet in B-flat Major Op. 56 No. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat Major K. Anh. 229 No. 2
Giuseppe Cambini: Quintet No. 2 in D Minor
Friedrich Kuhlau: Variations on a Swedish Melody
Anton Reicha: Quintet in E Minor Op. 88 No. 1

3.2.2022 at 7 p.m.
Carelia Hall, Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu City Orchestra

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
Tami Pohjola, violin

Jacques Ibert: Hommage à Mozart
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 38

17.2.2022 at 7 p.m.
Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland

Oulu Sinfonia

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
Lauri Porra, electric bass
Mikko Kosonen, guitar
Aki Rissanen, piano
Ville Pynssi, drums

Lauri Porra: Pohjoinen äärettömyys
Lauri Porra: Memento
Lauri Porra: Flyover Symphony

24.2.2022 at 7 p.m.
Carelia Hall, Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu City Orchestra & Karelian State Philharmonic Orchestra

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor

24.3.2022 at 7 p.m.
Carelia Hall, Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu City Orchestra

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
Suzana Bartal, piano

Arthur Honegger: Pastoral d’été
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 1

31.3.2022 at 7 p.m.
Laurentius Hall, Lohja, Finland

Lohja City Orchestra

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
Tami Pohjola, violin

Lotta Wennäkoski: Hava
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 1

1.5.2022 at 1 p.m.
Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

Sinfonia Lahti

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

Vappumatinea

6.5.2022 at 7 p.m.
Carelia Hall, Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu City Orchestra

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor
Minna Pensola, violin
Iiro Rantala, piano

The farewell concert of the artistic director and the artistic partners.

25.5.2022 at 7 p.m.
Tampere Hall, Finland

Tampere Filharmonia

Eero Lehtimäki, conductor

John Williams 90th Birthday Tribute

1.7.2022 at 5 p.m.
Suomussalmi, Finland

Raatteen tie Opera – World Premiere

Uljas Pulkkis, music
Panu Rajala, libretto
Eero Lehtimäki, conductor

Casting: Niklas Spångberg, Juha Kotilainen, Jyrki Anttila, Aki Alamikkotervo, Marika Hölttä, Emilia Vesalainen-Pellas, Rolf Broman, Elli Vallinoja, among others

2.7.2022 at 2 p.m.
Suomussalmi, Finland

Raatteen tie Opera

Uljas Pulkkis, music
Panu Rajala, libretto
Eero Lehtimäki, conductor

Casting: Niklas Spångberg, Juha Kotilainen, Jyrki Anttila, Aki Alamikkotervo, Marika Hölttä, Emilia Vesalainen-Pellas, Rolf Broman, Elli Vallinoja, among others

REVIEWS

"As we all know, Eero Lehtimäki is a skillful and talented conductor, but also an outstanding speaker. Once again, we got to enjoy his no-nonsense but still so slender thoughts about the evening's programme, between the pieces. ( … ) On a more general level, we can note, that the programme this time never minded about the most typical cultural canon and surpised with its extraordinarily fresh and open-minded choices of composers and works. Lehtimäki of the finest sort!"


"The swan-like essence of Eero Lehtimäki and his particularly creative way of conducting is exciting. His art of conducting includes elements of contemporary dance, which brings visual delight to the musicians and listeners alike, and expresses musical ideas well."


"In Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, conductor Eero Lehtimäki relished with timbres and moods. Poetic hues and playful sprints spiced this interpretation rich in nuances, where Annaleena Jämsä's flute sounded dreamingly and low strings hummed. The performance was well-controlled and lovely.

In the vigorous, colourful, and precise interpreation of Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, the audience got to enjoy the furious and firm work of all the instrument groups. ( … ) In this symphony full of cheerful and even rejoicing feelings, it was pleasure to follow conductor Eero Lehtimäki's energetic and all-encompassing work.

When I was checking the concert programme beforehand, I was wondering to myself, why the Pohjola's Daughter by Jean Sibelius will still be heard after Shostakovich's Ninth. ( … ) However, the incredibly beautiful interpretation of this symphonic poem by Tampere Filharmonia and Eero Lehtimäki managed to wing the concert's atmosphere even higher than in Shostakovich. ( … ) The picturesqueness created with broad brush strokes combined with polished clarity of details and the charged and finalised playing of the orchestra turned the symphonic poem into a voluptuous ending for the concert."


"In Mozart's Symphony No. 38, things were let to develop to their full scale at peace. Eero Lehtimäki's psychologically insightful gestures guided the orchestra to listen to the sound, which makes the result always influential."


"[In The Lover by Jean Sibelius,] Lehtimäki has built the story with a fine interpretation of his own. You can hear the melodies in all the sections, but they form a uniform narrative. Harmonies were as beautiful as crystal balls and colors were coming and going between monotone and colourful. In Rautavaara, the sound is passionate and godly and the mood is warm. Nordgren's music has a scary atmosphere, while the sound is extremely fine and beautiful at the same time. ( … ) When the orchestra was playing the third movement of Nordgren's symphony, an earthquake of magnitude 5− started. Nevertheless, the orchestra kept playing as if nothing had happened. I shall never forget this."


"Lehtimäki seemed to enjoy the role of a storyteller. He conducted with a clear, broad, and determinate touch, cast magical charm of a fairytale and lightly dancing movement into the atmosphere, and extracted delicious and descriptive details out of the transparent fabric of fantasy throughout the journey."

CONTACT

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