Kuhmo Chamber Music
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival was established in 1970, and has grown
from a small, local celebration into an important international event
attracting about 40,000 concert visitors annually. The prestigious New
York cultural magazine Connoisseur has observed that “for two
passionate weeks in July the remote town of Kuhmo hosts a unique
chamber music festival that is possibly the finest in the world”.
This extraordinary event is thoroughly dedicated to
the music, which is characterised by one absolute requirement: it must
be of the highest standard. Perhaps this is the ultimate source of the
now famous "spirit of Kuhmo". But we should certainly not overlook the
relaxed atmosphere of the Kuhmo Chamber Music: no spurious decorum
prevents the audience from enjoying the concerts in the Kuhmo Arts
Centre right after a refreshing swim at the neighbouring lakeside. The
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival is a time of harmonious interaction for
acoustic music, silence and scenic beauty. The Artistic Director of the
Festival is viola player composer Vladimir Mendelssohn.
Kuhmo Chamber Music, July 12-25, 2015
The theme for the 2015 Festival is Time. As its motto, Vladimir Mendelssohn has chosen an adaption of the saying “time is money”: “time is music”. The units of time featuring in the concerts are centuries, seasons, months, times of the day and even smaller measures.
“Do not miss the festival", says Mendelssohn, "for it will never happen again in the same way under the same stars".
Welcome to Kuhmo - the capital city of chamber music!