Helsinki Symphonic Winds
Helsinki Symphonic Winds (Akateeminen puhallinorkesteri) was founded in 1995 as a member of the Student Union of Helsinki University. Since then the main mission of the orchestra has been to perform symphonic music with ambition–to keep a high artistic level both in repertoire and playing. The orchestra has become quite well known nationwide by playing original symphonic wind ensemble repertoire and arrangements of classical symphony music, both old and contemporary. The players are both students and professionals from Helsinki area schools and universities: music students, skilled amateurs and professional musicians wanting to join in and support the common cause, excellent wind music.
The Artistic Leader and conductor of the orchestra is Albert Lenkiewicz. The internationally renown wind pedagogue and horn player Kalervo Kulmala is the honorary conductor of Helsinki Symphonic Winds, and the orchestra has had the pleasure of playing with many rising and established conductors and soloists.
Helsinki Symphonic Winds does 2 to 4 symphony concerts and a wind music day in Suomenlinna every year, in addition to which the orchestra performs in many different events, including dance balls. Apart from the full-size symphonic wind band there are several different smaller bands within the orchestra, such as the brass septet Akateeminen Seitsikko, the Dandy sextet and many different trios and quintets.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra or wish to contact us to signing us up for performing in your own events or parties, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Lauri Antelo, chair of the board