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Kuhmo Chamber Music

The 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

Vladimir Mendelssohn has already disclosed the theme for next year’s festival: Time. As its motto, he has chosen an adaption of the saying “time is money”: “time is music”. The units of time featuring in the concerts will be centuries, seasons, months, times of the day and even smaller measures. For the time being, the further details remain a secret. The festival programme will be published in January 2015.

Altogether 150 artists around the world will come and play at the Festival. The number of concerts will basically be around 70, 4─5 per day.

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!

For more information, please contact the Festival Office in Kuhmo, tel. +358 8 652 0936