Jukka Iisakkila, Conductor

Biography

Finnish conductor Jukka Iisakkila’s versatility and skill have taken him to symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, contemporary ensembles, rock arenas and innovative music clubs throughout Europe and beyond. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Sääksmäki Soi! Music Festival in Finland.

A regular guest with all the Finnish orchestras and many of the leading ensembles in Scandinavia, Jukka was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Pori Sinfonietta from 2004 to 2012. He works regularly with the Turku Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony and Tapiola Sinfonietta in Finland and with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. He has enjoyed close associations with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta and the Nagoya Philharmonic in Japan. Jukka conducts the Metropole Orchestra in Holland in contemporary crossover projects and is Professor of Conducting at the Stavanger University in Norway.

Jukka is known for his affinity with contemporary music and crossover styles and has close links with many of today’s foremost composers. His recording with the Metropole Orchestra and the Swiss metal band Triptycon Requiem was a European bestseller in 2020. He enjoys ongoing relationships with composer and guitarist Steve Vai and has worked with Iro Haarla, Trygve Seim and the groups Indians and Rumpistol. Jukka is himself a composer and arranger and has performed as an instrumentalist in Europe, in which capacity he will tour in Scandinavia, Asia and United States in 2022-23.

Jukka has recorded for various international labels including Sony, ECM, Dacapo, Favoured Nations, Century Media Records, Pilfink, Apart Record and his own label, Eclipse Music.

Jukka has conducted opera performances throughout the Nordic region from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Zimmermann’s Soldaten. He is the recipient of the Swedish Royal Music Academy Award in 2006 and the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Conducting Award. He studied conducting with Jorma Panula at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, receiving further tuition in conducting from Martyn Brabbins, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Alan Gilbert and in composition from György Kúrtag and Peter Eötvös. As well as qualifications in performance from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jukka holds Master of Arts degrees in both musicology and composition from the University of Central Finland.

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Review
Intense
Jyllandsposten
Tue, 2010-11-30
Helmut Lachenmann's piece 'Schreiben' developed gradually from subdued hissing and whispering flicks in the strings, to playful overtones in the winds, scratching percussion and plucking of piano strings. Everything connected in varied patterns. The result was intense, thanks to the energy the Finnish conductor Jukka Iisakkila canalised into the music and the orchestra. Slim and erect he moved on the podium like a coiled string - with supple, almost frighteningly precise beats. Christine Christiansen
Discography
ROMANCE
Christina Åstrand, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Jukka Iisakkila | Otto Malling, Ludolf Nielsen, P.E. Lange-Müller, August Enna, Carl Nielsen, Louis Glass, Niels W. Gade, Johan Svendsen.
TRIPTYKON WITH THE METROPOLE ORKEST
Requiem (live at Roadburn 2019)
IRO HAARLA: ANTE LUCEM
Iro Haarla Quintet | Norrlands Operans Symphony orchestra | Conductor: Jukka Iisakkila
JOHANN ZAKRISSON: AIDEE MUSIC
Apart Records APCD 006
KAI NIEMINEN: IL VIAGGIO
With Pori Sinfonietta | Conductor: Jukka Iisakkila
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