Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki sivun taustakuva
Roots and Wings 2023 Antti Tikkanen Minna Pensola

Kuhmo Chamber Music 2023

For two frenetic weeks in July, Kuhmo in Eastern Finland is host to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. In that fortnight, this town of 8,000 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear, unbelievable northern light.

The concerts are held at the Kuhmo Arts Centre, in the Lentua Hall renowned for its excellent acoustics, in Kuhmo's beautiful wooden Church, and in the Tuupala Primary School. The concert venues are all within walking distance of one another, and bicycles are a popular means of getting about, for artists and audiences alike. Music is everywhere, there are concerts from morning to late at night, and people just live for the music. In the evenings, gathered round an open fire in the yard of the festival restaurant, musicians and festival-goers get together and strike up friendships.

In over 50 years, Kuhmo Chamber Music has grown to become one of the world's foremost music festivals. As early as 1989, the prestigious American journal Connoisseur was already calling it "possibly the best anywhere". In summer 2014 the British Financial Times described it as "a remarkable event, where unfettered creative idealism reigns. The Austrian music magazine Festspiele has rated Kuhmo among the world's leading festivals in 2008−2015.

The 53rd Kuhmo Chamber Music on July 9−22, 2023

The 53rd Kuhmo Chamber Music festival will be held 9–22.7.2023. The theme will be Roots and Wings. Kuhmo will be the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2023, which will also give the program a special flavour.

The number of concerts will be around 60, 4–5 per day. Among the pieces will be traditional chamber works, but also surprises, novelties and exotic experiences. In addition to the main concerts there will be children's concerts, student concerts, talks on the programmes for the day, instrument demonstrations, meetings with artists and composers, art exhibitions workshops and unexpected musical moments in the surrounding nature.
Together these side events will amount to some 30 events.

Around 100 international artists will come and perform in Kuhmo. Among them will be pianists Heini Kärkkäinen and Olli Mustonen, violinists Daniel Rowland and John Storgårds, cellist Maja Bogdanović and flutist Janne Thomsen. Ensembles will include the Castalian, Danel and Meta4 string quartets and the Storioni Trio.

The programme and all the artists will be published in January 2023.

Welcome to Kuhmo – the capital of chamber music!