Government to orchestra: Give us the money backmain
The Finnish Ministry of Culture has ordered the Avanti chamber ensemble to repay half a million of euros, which it received in excess of its entitlement. The sum equals to a whole year’s budget and the orchestra says it will go bust if it has to repay.
A petition to the government to waive the debt has been signed by Pekka Kuusisto, Magnus Lindberg, Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki, Sakari Oramo, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Dima Slobodeniouk, John Storgårds, and Lotta Wennäkoski.
Avanti chamber orchestra has been a major promter of new works by Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen.