Sasha Mäkilä trained as a cellist and subsequently studied at the faculty of conducting of the Jean Sibelius Academy in Finland and at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 2009 he became a grant-recipient of the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, in 2006 he was a prize-winner at the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition in the USA, and in 2005 he was a finalist at the Suwon International Conducting Competition (South Korea). In 2013 he won the Fredrik Pacius Award from the University of Helsinki.
Since 2012 he has been Music Director of the St Michel Strings chamber orchestra, and since 2017 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he was an assistant to Kurt Masur with the Orchestre National de France and Franz Welser Möst with the Cleveland Orchestra. Gives performances in cities throughout Finland and appears in&nb
sp;Russia, Great Britain, South Africa, the USA and countries in Europe and Asia. Has collaborated with such musicians as Vadim Repin, Kyung-Wha Chung, Jian Wang and Anneleen Lenaerts. In opera, he has conducted the world premieres of performances of Free Will (Savonlinna Opera Festival, 2012) and Lovers of Mankind (the Musica Nova festival, 2009) and the Finnish premieres of Philip Glass’ chamber operas In the Penal Colony (Ooppera Skaala, 2006) and Les Enfants terrible (Ooppera Skaala, 2005).
Engagements for the current season include concerts with the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra, the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance of the opera Rigoletto at the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki.
Information for December 2017