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Okko Kamu

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The precocious son of the symphony twice bass player, Okko Kamu began his formal studies at age six. Primarily a violinist, he afterwards turned to performing and subsequently discovered himself the guts of world interest after winning initial prize within the initial Herbert von Karajan International Competition. Kamu’s planning had been comprehensive enough allowing him to make an impression co-workers, critics, and viewers in the many engagements that adopted. Since that time, he offers held many significant appointments, earning special authorization for shows and recordings of Scandinavian music. After research with Onni Suhonen in the Sibelius Academy, Kamu became a member of the Helsinki Youngsters Orchestra. At age group 19, he became a member of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra as associate principal of the next violins. A 12 months later on, he was appointed concertmaster from the Finnish Opera Orchestra and during his 2 yrs there (1966 to 1968), functioned as third conductor. Despite having experienced no formal podium teaching, Kamu took the very best prize within the first Karajan performing competition in 1969; he was simply 23 yrs . old. A spate of visitor engagements adopted for another 2 yrs and Kamu journeyed to locations in European countries, America, and china and taiwan. From 1971 to 1977, Kamu held the positioning of main conductor from the Finnish Radio Orchestra. Overlapping that visit was his engagement as creative director and main conductor from the Oslo Philharmonic from 1975 to 1979. In 1981, Kamu started an eight-year engagement mainly because music director from the Helsinki Philharmonic, concurrently providing as music movie director of holland Royal Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1986. In 1988, Kamu became primary conductor from the Sjaellands Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and offered the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as primary conductor from 1991. From 1998 to 2001, Kamu was primary visitor conductor from the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Soon after his achievement within the Karajan competition, Kamu started to record and continued to be a frequent existence in the documenting studio room. Among his previous discs of long lasting significance will be the Sibelius First and Third symphonies. He provides produced noteworthy recordings of Berwald, Grieg (Symphony in C minimal), and Sallinen. Kamu also led the premieres of Sallinen’s The Crimson Line (1978) as well as the King Runs Forth to France (1984). In ’09 2009, he was called the principle conductor from the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and his documented efforts were compensated using the Diapson D’Or prize for just two Naxos discs of Berwald’s functions. In March 2012, he executed Beethoven’s Fourth using the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, with Marc-André Hamelin on piano.

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Full Name Okko Kamu
Profession Conductor, Violinist
Education Sibelius Academy
Nationality Finnish
Spouse Arja Nieminen
Albums Symphonie Nr. 2 D-dur (In D Major · En Ré Majeur) Op. 43, Bassoon Concertos, Complete Works for String Orchestra (Finnish Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Okko Kamu), Melodier ur de mest älskade operetterna, Symphony Nr. 2 (1961) / Symphony Nr. 4 (1971), Songs of Life and Death / The Iron Age Suite, Bruch: Works for Violin & Orchestra, Symphonies no. 1 "Sinfonie sériuse" / no. 2 "Sinfonie capricieuse", The Music for Piano and Orchestra / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Violin Concertos, The Alfred Schnittke Edition, Volume 8: Symphony no. 4 / Requiem, The King Goes Forth to France (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Okko Kamu), Symphonies nos. 1 & 3, Bach, J.S.: Concerto in D Minor / Adagio in B Minor / Cantata No. 82, Symphony in C Minor / Overture "In Autumn", Sunrise Serenade / Symphony no. 2 / Symphony no. 6 "From a New Zealand Diary", Symphony no. 4 / Cello Concerto / Shadows, Nielsen: Symphony no. 1 / Sibelius: Symphony no. 7, The Symphonies, Swedish Orchestral Favourites, Complete Symphonies, Karelia Suite / Symphony No. 2 in D major, Basic Sibelius (2 CD's), Moonchild’s Dream, The Tempest: Overture & Suites / The Bard / Tapiola, Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra, Finlandia / Valse Triste / Karelia Suite, Finlandia / Symphony no. 2, Symphony no. 1 / Violin Concerto


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Soundtrack

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ils sont partout 2016 performer: "Souvenir de Bade, Polka Schnell, Op. 146"
Kolmetoista mehiläistä 1982 TV Movie performer: "Sinfonia No:2 D-Duuri"
First Love 1977 performer: "Karelia Suite, Op. 11"

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Actor

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Bröderna Mozart 1986 Conductor

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Composer

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Haluan rakastaa, Peter 1972

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