The Oslo Philharmonic announces the 24/25 season with Klaus Mäkelä

­The Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä commence their 5th season with a special concert in August, celebrating the release of their first recording in a new Shostakovich series for Decca Classics, featuring symphonies nos, 4, 5 and 6.

­The music of Shostakovich has been core to Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic’s programming from the start of their relationship and they first performed Symphony no. 5 in November 2019. Following numerous performances over the intervening years, they return to the work this summer for concerts at home (14 August), at the Salzburg Festival (21 August) and Musikfest Berlin (1 September).

Shostakovich continues as a main composer focus in the new season with performances of symphonies nos. 1, 11 and 15, and the music of Bartók threads through the autumn, with Divertimento and Concerto for Orchestra, which the orchestra also perform at the Vienna Musikverein and Elbphilharmonie (their 4th Hamburg residency to date).­­­­­

Kaija Saariaho is a composer whose music has also featured regularly in Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic’s programming and this season they perform both Orion and Vista, which the orchestra co-commissioned and first performed in 2022.­­­­­

Additional season highlights include Andrew Norman’s Play, which features in the official season opening alongside Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 with soloist Leif Ove Andsnes (28 and 29 August); Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with Vilde Frang coupled with Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (23 and 24 October); and Anders Hillborg’s new Piano Concerto "MAX" with soloist Emanuel Ax which is followed by Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite (13 and 14 March).

Welcome to the 24/25 season

Read our digital season booklet, with an overview of all concerts, as well as themes and recommendations for the upcoming season.

Read the season program