Versoi Ensemble – “Cultural diplomacy through chamber music” – Debut of a New International Group

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In the summer of 2017,  two of the top performing arts schools in the world partnered to create a high-profile hands-across-the-water collaboration: a joint-orchestra comprised of musicians representing both The Juilliard School of New York and the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki. Led by superstar conductor (and Sibelius Academy alumnus) Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra gave performances in world-renowned concert venues in Helsinki, Stockholm, and New York. The New York Times, in its review of the final concert, described the ensemble as “excellent … as only to be expected from such lofty auspices.”

That “lofty” collaboration has seeded a very grounded new enterprise. Inspired by the performances and friendship that resulted from the seeming once-in-a-lifetime experience, four of the orchestra’s alumni from Juilliard and two from the Sibelius Academy have founded the Versoi Ensemble, a group that will make its debut with a concert at New York’s Merkin Hall on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Holley Hall in Sarasota, FL, on November 18.

“Versoi” in Finnish means “to sprout.” And the ensemble’s motto is “Cultural diplomacy through chamber music.”

Latest News

  • “The newly formed Versoi Ensemble offers passionate performance coupled with an ambitious mission.” – The Strad, February 2019
  • “Doing good by playing well, Versoi Ensemble makes an auspicious debut – New York Classical Review, November 14, 2018
  • Versoi Ensemble, a new international group , debuts on November 13, 2018, at Merkin Hall, NYC – Press release
  • The New York Times “The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube” feature remarks on the Sibelius Academy Juilliard School September 5 program at Alice Tully Hall – September 8, 2017
  • “Celebrating Sibelius and His Slowly Imparted Secrets” – New York Times review, September 6, 2017
  • The Sibelius Academy/Juilliard School “Finland 100” Collaboration Is the Latest International Partnership for Finland’s Music Academy, One of the Finest in the World – Press release

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Salonen photo by Minna Hatinen, Finnish National Opera and Ballet

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