Biography Jaakko Luoma & Tapiola Sinfonietta

Jaakko Luoma
Finnish bassoonist Jaakko Luoma. He began his bassoon studies when he was 11 with Matti Tossavainen at the Lohja Music Institute. In 1992, he went on to the Sibelius Academy, first with László Hara and then with Jussi Särkkä. He has also attended several master classes. He was appointed Assisting Principal of the bassoons of the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 1993. Two years later he went to study at the Paris Conservatoire, but in January 1996 he was chosen as principal bassoon of the Orchestre de Paris. In 1998 he left the Paris orchestra and returned to the Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2001, Luoma was chosen the principal bassoon in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Two years later Luoma returned back to Finland and rejoined the Tapiola Sinfonietta as principal bassoonist.

He is a founding member of the bassoon trio the Vital Bassoon. In 2001 the Crusell society in Uusikaupunki awarded him the Crusell prize for the promotion of Finnish wind playing in Finland and abroad.

The Tapiola Sinfonietta
the orchestra of the City of Espoo – is a high-quality chamber orchestra whose guest performers include leading Finnish and foreign conductors and soloists. For 30 years, the orchestra has maintained a core repertoire of the Viennese Classics, but the ensemble is also eager to perform contemporary works and children’s music and participate in multi-genre productions. The orchestra tours regularly in Finland and abroad. Its home base is Tapiola Hall at the Espoo Cultural Centre, which is also where most of its 70 discs have been recorded.

In the early days of the orchestra, it had artistic directors such as Jorma Panula and Osmo Vänskä and guest conductors including Paavo Berglund, Hannu Lintu, Leif Segerstam, Masaaki Suzuki and Olari Elts. The artistic directorship of Honorary Conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow (1993–2006) was in a decisive importance to the shaping of the orchestra’s current sound.

Among the Artists in Association have been pianist Olli Mustonen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conductors Stefan Asbury and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. In the season 2018/2019 the Artists in Association are conductor-cellist Klaus Mäkelä, conductor Mario Venzago, pianist Alexander Melnikov and guitarist Marzi Nyman.

Janne Nisonen
is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, performing as a conductor, leader, violin soloist and chamber musician.

He began his violin studies at the age of four in Kokkola, Ostrobothnia and went on to study at the Sibelius Academy and Edsberg Chamber Music Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Later he studied conducting with Hannu Lintu and Atso Almila at the Sibelius Academy.

Janne Nisonen has conducted among others the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. In autumn 2016, he was nominated as the chief conductor of Pori Sinfonietta.

Janne Nisonen has been the 1st leader of the Tapiola Sinfonietta since 2007 and has appeared as a guest leader with many European orchestras. He has made numerous recordings and is a regular guest on music festivals abroad.

In 2008 Nisonen and his colleagues founded the Jousia string ensemble. Since the beginning this small ensemble has excited audiences and critics abroad.

Janne Nisonen plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1751, on loan from the LähiTapiola insurance company.

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