top of page
Turandot 3.jpg

TURANDOT Aleksanterin teatteri 2020
Photo: MARKKU PIHLAJA

HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

The HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC CHOIR (in Finnish: Helsingin filharmoninen kuoro, HFK) was founded in 2007 and has established itself as one of Finland's leading mixed choirs. It has built up a reputation for its challenging repertoire and its expressive and metallic sound.


In recent years the repertoire included amongst others the Requiems by Verdi, Mozart and Brahms, Klami's Psalmus and Orff's Carmina Burana. The choir has also performed in opera and operetta productions like Puccini's Turandot (2020, 2023), Lehár's Giuditta (2019), Verdi's Don Carlos (2018) or Bernstein's Candide (2018, 2022). In the fall of 2023 HFK was a guest artist in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet's production Messa da Requiem.

HFK has co-operated with numerous orchestras, e.g. the Vaasa City Orchestra, Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Helsinki Sinfonietta, the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Together with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra HFK accompanied world-famous bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on his Finland concert (2011). Other collaboration partners have included the Chorus of the Finnish National Opera, the male voice choir Manifestum and the  Ilmajoki Opera Choir.

 

The choir has performed as a guest artist at the Heinävesi Music Festival (2017), the Ilmajoki Music Festival (2018), the Joroinen Music Festival (2022), the Kangasniemi Music Festival (2022) and Hamina Tattoo (2023). In 2015 the choir performed as a guest artist at the Exporose Grasse in France. One can also regularly hear the choir at services in the Helsinki Cathedral. In addition, a selected group of singers is available for smaller and bigger engagements on demand.

HFK singers are music students, professionals or otherwise experienced singers. The Artistic Director of the choir since 2016 has been Jonas Rannila. Former Artistic Directors are Hannu Norjanen (2007 - 2012) and Dani Juris (2012 - 2016).

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Jonas Rannila (b. 1989) is conductor and Artistic Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Choir as well as Opera BOX. Rannila has a broad experience of different tasks within opera and he is a sought-after conductor for various opera productions. 

Rannila has studied orchestral conducting with e.g. Prof. Roland Börger, Prof. Leif Segerstam, GMD Florian Ludwig and Prof. Barbara Rucha. Rannila holds a degree in choral conducting from the Sibelius Academy. His professors have included Prof. Matti Hyökki and Prof. Nils Schweckendiek. Rannila's extensive musical studies are supported by his piano, oboe, viola and voice studies. In addition to studying at the Sibelius-Academy Rannila has also studied both choral and orchestral conducting in Leipzig.

jonas.jpg

CHOIR MASTER

Jari Koivistoinen is a Helsinki-based musician and is currently finishing his master's degree at the Sibelius Academy. In addition to choir conducting he has studied playing the piano, the organ and singing. Jari is also the Artistic Director of Unreality, as well as the Deputy Choir Master of Tapiola Chamber Choir and Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir and a teacher for Cantores Minores.

SINGERS

SOPRANO I

Heinsalmi Jonna

Junkkari Tiina

Lehikoinen-Söderlund Sari
Moisio Outi

Nummila Anni

Nuorkivi Maija

Nuotio Johanna

Oksanen Jenni
Peitsalo Anne-Maria
Peura Marja

Ranta Satu

Räihälä Eija

Salminen Tiina
Tammela Katja

Tikka Kirsi

SOPRANO II
Arjava Heini

Barannikova Elena 
Goda Judit

Khvostova Julia
Kruskopf Irina
Kyönsaari Anita

Merras-Salmio Laura
Portin Päivi
Raina Marjo

Saloniemi Laura
Saranpää Johanna
Takkinen Anna

ALTO I

Ansamaa Saara

Kivelä Ulrike

Lampi-Parvela Reija

Leskinen Marjut

Luukkainen Veera

Mäki-Hakola Satu

Petäjämäki Päivi

Pohjanpalo Laura

Pusa Anu

Rainio Hanna

Rissanen Anni

Sume-Hänninen Heidi

Torpo Mirka

Vaskelainen Tanja

Viitala Eija

Woitsch Liisa

ALTO II
Aspegrén Mia

Id Mirja
Immonen Heli

Kanerva Leena

Kyyhkynen Anu

Laukkanen Mari

Pöllänen Tuulikki

Sheina Natalia

Storm Viola

Vuorikivi Anni

TENOR I

Hernesmaa Heikki

Jääskeläinen Leo

Kietz Peter

Kummu Juha 

Lintunen Markku 
Mäenpää Jani

Storckovius Kari

Suomalainen Aki

TENOR II

Grass Kai

Jämsä Juho 

Kaksonen Asser
Koski Juuso 

Mattila Kalervo

Salmela Niko

Tollander Erik 

BASS I

Hauk Stefan
Heinonen Esa

Huhtinen Pauli
Jungnell Peter

Koponen Timo 

Koskimies Janne

Lamberg Casper

Saloniemi Timo

Sandström Carl-Johan

Sundmann Gabriel

von Renteln Maximilian

Woitsch Pertti


BASS II 
Härkönen Tuomo

Kalistaja Ilkka
Laine Sampsa

Lankinen Timo
Laukkanen Hannu
Miettinen Tapio

Salvén Jan
Sipilä Jussi
Valsta Lauri
Väinölä Jukka

Follow us on Instagram @helsinginfilharmoninenkuoro

Instagram
bottom of page