BRQ Vantaa Festival


Last week was special, since we have had the pleasure to spend it with Bach’s music, inspiring musicians, embracing audience and inspired volunteers. We doubled our attendance.

The next edition is 7.–14.8.2016

BRQ Vantaa focuses on musical delights. We strive at the festival to keep our program fresh, innovative and experimental by extending our focus from the Baroque era to encompass Medieval, Renaissance and even Classical to Modern Periods. Hopefully, this will translate into a new brand with a spark that is BRQ. The artistic director of the festival is Mr Markku Luolajan-Mikkola.




I am really excited about this year’s festival program. We are concentrating on Johann Sebastian Bach’s music not simply because of his 330 anniversary, but because his music is always current and significant. Cognition, emotions and spirituality meet in a unique way in his compositions. Bach is present in my life almost every day, and I hope that our audience could share my passion for his music.

In addition to Bach, we listen to music by other composers. As in earlier years we can experience how enchanting the combination of the human voice and old instruments can be in music prior to Bach. Also compositions written by his contemporaries will complement our program and we can enjoy even Viennese classical string quartets, which would hardly be what they are now without Bach’s influence. Please, explore our program to learn more about these other masters.

This year our main festival guest is Jonathan Manson, who is not just a remarkable soloist but also one of the finest chamber musicians of our time. He will perform in three concerts in different roles. In Phantasm he will play the tenor viol, with the London Haydn Quartet his instrument will be the cello and in the final concert he will be both, a soloist and a continuo player.

Internationally acclaimed Mahan Esfahani returns to Vantaa and I am very pleased to welcome my favorite baroque violinist Rachel Podger and the virtuoso lute player Hopkinson Smith who visit our festival for the first time, not to mention our other fantastic musicians whose performance will fill us with joy.

For the third time the St Lawrence chapel is one of our concert venues. Previous visitors know already that the medieval St Lawrence church has a unique atmosphere and excellent acoustics, but I would also like to remind that the chapel itself is unique too, since its architecture cast peacefulness even before one enters it, and its fine acoustics suits especially well to silent music. I can’t recall where else I could hear the clavichord and lute sound as delicate as here.

This year we organize international fringe concerts to introduce promising young musicians to our audience. In addition to our concerts we will offer, for the first time, a family picnic concert.

I hope you will enjoy the program of the 2015 BRQ Vantaa Festival!