Santtu-Matias Rouvali: There’s nothing better than when melodies burst into the air

“Melodies bring us pleasure when they burst into the air at the right time, in the right rhythm, harmony, and tone! There’s nothing better than that in music, and on top of that, you get to do it collectively with about 100 people.”

Santtu-Matias Rouvali (born 1985) is a conductor and a percussionist. Rouvali is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted the Finnish Radio Orchestra and numerous other prestigious orchestras abroad.  Rouvali graduated with a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Sibelius Academy in 2011. 

Art is virtuosity

What will we and Finland be remembered for? Those who have accomplished something bigger than themselves – usually the best artists of our time and their work. Virtuosity is skill that will leave its mark on history. 


We need art now more than ever before in Finland. Art gives us a more forward-looking point of view – a fresher and sharper perspective. Educational know-how combined with the right resources will ensure the upswing of Finland’s culture, education and economy. The University of the Arts Helsinki is collecting capital for the first time through private donations. The Government will support the university fundraising by matching the donation with a sum that is up to triple the sum of each donation.

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Photo by Kaapo Kamu