Helsinki opens for music businessmain
The new concert hall was inaugurated last night and the world has been rushing to book it.
The Finnish capital, replete with great musicians, has been inhibited by the lack of a decent concert hall. Now, on the strength of Yasuhisa Toyota’s fabled acoustics – he’s the man behind LA’s Disney Hall – the world’s great orchestras are flooding in, most for the first time.
I have it on good authority that the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics will be here within a year – Berlin with Simon Rattle and Vienna, unusually, playing Sibelius, with Lorin Maazel – followed by New York and more.
Many here suspect that Vienna, with its sonic stability, will test the hall best.