Mon 13 Jun 2016

Sanna Valvanne appointed Artistic Director of the Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2017

The Tampere Vocal Music Festival has appointed choir conductor Sanna Valvanne the Artistic Director of the festival for the period 2016–2017. She will plan the programme for the next festival on 6–11 June 2017, where the Tampere Philharmonic will be premiering a new work for vocal soloist, children’s choir and orchestra commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from composer Paavo Korpijaakko, setting a text by Ville Hytönen.

Sanna Valvanne is an innovative choir conductor. Her comprehensive, creative vocal method Sing and Shine with Body & Soul combines singing, acting and movement in a concept that is known worldwide. Her recent presentations of the method included a workshop at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea in 2014. Sanna Valvanne specialises in working with children’s and youth choirs, and she was artistic director of the North American Choral Company from 2005 to 2008. She has been an invited guest at many European festivals. Her engagements in 2015 take her to Canada, the USA, Finland, Norway, Germany and Colombia. Sanna Valvanne lives in New York; in her Sing&Shine Kids ensemble and other initiatives inspired by the El Sistema project, she teaches children from New York and New Jersey who would otherwise not have an opportunity to study music. Her Sing&Shine method and a selection of her arrangements for choir were released on DVD in June 2015.

Composer Paavo Korpijaakko has written more than 40 works for a variety of ensembles, including orchestral works, concertos, song cycles, a chamber opera and plenty of chamber music. Apart from Finland, his music has been performed in most European countries, and extensively in South America and Asia. Paavo Korpijaakko teaches at the Tampere Music Academy and is the artistic director of the Tampere Chamber Opera and a board member of the Tampere Guitar Festival. He was Composer of the Year at the Kallio-Kuninkala Chamber Music Festival in 2011. He received a working grant from the Pirkanmaa Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation in spring 2015.