Turku Music Festival foundation

The city of Turku started the Turku Music Festival Foundation in 1989 with the aim to ensure the continuation of Turku Music Festival. The goal of Turku Music Festival Foundation is to provide high quality and versatile musical performances, as well as to promote the value of musical past time activities and the appreciation of music.

The Foundation’s main task is the production and organization of the annual festival . In addition, the Foundation collaborates with a number of cultural operators in organizing other cultural events in the Turku area.

Board of trustees

The board members and their personal deputies for 2013-2016 are:

Maija Palonheimo (Leena Casagrande), chairman
Kaisa Kutilainen (Ville Kettunen), vice-chairman
Mirkka Torppa (Pertti Perko)
Pekka Santala (Jouni Elomaa)
Annika Sirén (Kristiina Hellstén)
Jussi Rantanen (Heikki Varantola)
Juha Issakainen (Nora Leo)
Susanne Segerstråle (Liisa Johansson)
Pekka Määttänen (Lars Rantanen)


The Turku Music Festival Foundation has co-produced the following events:

Così fan tutte Opera 2009-10 and Le nozze di Figaro Opera Åbo Svenska Teater (in cooperation with Åbo Svenska Teater and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra )

The Turku cello competition of 2010 and 2014

Aboagora Symposium, is conducted every August, at the time of the Turku Music Festival, and its theme varies each year. Aboagora consists of public keynote lectures and dialogues, smaller round table workshops as well as artistic programmes.  Aboagora was founded in 2011 and is produced in collaboration with the University of Turku Cultural History Institute, Åbo Akademi University and the Donner Institute.

Eric XIV Opera This major production introduced opera to an industrial setting and brought together many of the resources of the cultural institutions operating in Turku to create a spectacular large-scale production. Impressive visual projections, an urban environment and the Renaissance court converged into a visually magnificent drama.

Opera and concert productions are also planned for the years 2015 and 2016