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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. 

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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. 

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