World-class Finnish conductor Mikko Franck has supported Metropolia's Classical Music with a significant donation.
He currently serves as the Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and has previously worked as the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera. With his donation, he aims to ensure that classical music and, in particular, vocal training remains at an excellent level in Finland's largest university of applied sciences.
With his financial donation he wants to do his part to mitigate the negative effects of large government funding cuts on the good music learning environment at Metropolia.
“During my years at the Finnish National Opera, many of the best singers came from Metropolia. It is important that students and lecturers can continue to work in a community that supports their artistic activities in every way. Continuity is important."
"For this reason, I don't want to just speak for, but also act for the benefit of, this unit which I value,” Franck emphasises.
Metropolia's Classical Music education was started in Helsinki in 2000.
Sirkku Wahlroos-Kaitila took over the position of senior lecturer in the unit in 2002, after having worked in Berlin.
In addition to her, the unit's lecturers have included some of Finland's elite opera and lied music artists such as Ritva Auvinen, Irja Auroora, Ritva-Liisa Korhonen, Jaakko Kortekangas, Anitta Ranta and Seppo Ruohonen. Besides Wahlroos-Kaitila, the studies have been significantly been developed by Ulla Raiskio and Juha Karvonen, and lied pianists and répétiteurs Seppo Salovius, Janne Mertanen, Heikki Pellinen, Hans-Otto Ehrström, Joonas Pohjonen and Ilona Lamberg.
The Ruoholahti unit has produced several significant opera performances and vocal music productions. Its aim is to provide talented students with the opportunity to take on challenging roles and work with orchestras.
Achieved with small resources, the productions have often received excellent reviews in Finland's leading media.
Students including Mika Kares, Tuuli Takala, Ann-Marie Heino, Jeni Packalén, Pauliina Linnosaari, Reetta Haavisto and Merja Mäkelä have met with success in Finland and abroad in opera houses and solo vocal competitions.
“We are proud of the fact that the level of our Music education has been given such a recognition. The Classical Music degree programme has been exemplary in promoting passion for art, providing excellent pedagogy and aiming for a high international standard,” says Riitta Konkola, Managing Director and President of Metropolia.
“We will do everything we can to ensure the continued success of this fine educational tradition,” she adds.
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Riitta Konkola, Managing Director, President, tel. +358 50 5486 069
Tuire Ranta-Meyer, Director, Stakeholder Relations & Strategic Partnerships, tel. +358 50 526 2002