Kristiina Poska, Conductor

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No one evokes such a rich sound spectrum«, »a fine grasp of the genre and its unique character and quality«, »a remarkably subtle and exciting performance« – wherever young Kristiina Poska appears on the podium, she thrills and convinces with her exceptional musicality and her impressive, highly distinguished conducting.

Born in the Estonian town of Türi, Kristiina Poska began by studying choral conducting at the Music Academy in Tallinn in 1998 and then continued with orchestral conducting at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Christian Ehwald in 2004.

From 2006 to 2011 Kristiina Poska was principal conductor of the Cappella academica, the symphony orchestra of the Humboldt University Berlin which gave her the opportunity of regular performances at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The 2008/09 season saw her at the Neuköllner Oper Berlin with the highly acclaimed production Ihre Bohème which soon led to engagements at Koblenz Theatre, Brandenburg Theatre and in 2010/11 to the Komische Oper Berlin for La Traviata. There Kristiina Poska was enthusiastically received by both orchestra and audience and immediately re-invited for a series of performances of Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole. Incoming intendant Barrie Kosky appointed her into his musical team as First Kapellmeister from 2012/13. A new production of Bertolt Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins which she conducted in February 2012 was hailed as a »revelation« by the nationwide press.

Apart from her remarkable career at Komische Oper Berlin the young Estonian is internationally much in demand as a conductor and has successfully debuted e.g. with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Robert-Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kai-serslautern, Volksoper Vienna, Symphonieorchester Bern, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, at Vienna Kon-zerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Tonhalleorchester Zurich and Munich Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements take her back to Stock-holm Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, as well as to Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bergen Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Finish Na-tional Opera and Opera Zurich.

Kristiina Poska was supported by the Conductor’s Forum of the Deutscher Musikrat and won the prestigious German Conductor’s Prize in April 2013. Before that she already received numerous international prizes, e.g. from the Dimitris Mitropoulos-Conducting Competition Athens 2006, from Donatella-Flick-Competition conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010 as well as at renowned Malko Competition in May 2012, where she also received the audience prize following the final concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

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Brilliant, Kristiina Poska!
Skånskan.se
Fri, 2014-09-19
Concert with Malmö Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Kristiina Poska Soloist: Helena Juntunen, Soprano Jean Sibelius' Valse Triste is one of the most trite and more-than-frequently-performed works of the classical music litterature. Most of the true connoisseurs agree that it is not an outstanding work and it is often judged as too sickly sweet and sentimental. But Valse trist certainly has qualities - if not, it would not have stayed on the charts for a century. This was proved right by the Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska during the concert on Thursday, where she, apart from presenting a fresh and elegant interpretation of the frequently performed piece, also succeeded with the feat of awakening the qualities of Malmö Symphony Orchestra, which has been carefully hidden during a series of performances. Kristiina Poska's Valse Triste was quite tight and harsh despite distinct rubatos and powerful dynamics; the sweetness was toned down and became the charming trifle it actually is. Kristiina Poska demonstrated her skills even more distinctly when she performed Sibelius' Symphony no. 5 in E-flat Major. Even though it is not performed very often, this symphonoy is one of Sibelius' most interesting works. Or, to cite, from an essay, the Finnish composer and musicologist Nils-Eric Ringbom: "The Fifth Symphony is a wonderful work by a fully mature master. Experiences won from impressionistic thinking has enriched the color scale and given the orchestral movement a shimmering airiness. The outer gloss from the first symphonys has returned but with less pathos and a more wisely calculated development of power...". Kristiina Poska's interpretation highlighted all of these parameters and furthermore she added power, authority and clear orchestra discipline, where woodwinds and horns were given enough space; an interpretation which deserves nothing but praise. Helena Juntunen was soloist in a selection of Sibelius' orchestra songs. After her debut at Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2002 she has had break-throughs on opera stages all over Europe, primarily in lyrical roles, but it is now clear, that her voice also manages more dramatical music. A clear tone with exquisite luster and great expression. Even so, her power didn't manage to penetrate the too loud orchestra, but the conductor corrected this quite fast. The audience awarded her with standing ovations and she rewarded them with a well rehearsed encore. But the great remainder of the evening was still that MSO, with the right conductor, showed that there is much skill and knowledge in the orchestra. And I don't think that this has anything to do with the fact that Kristiina Poska is a woman but instead that she is a brilliant conductor. By: Lars-Erik Larsson
Press Service

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