On his 90th birthday, Jorma Panula is in the classroom

On his 90th birthday, Jorma Panula is in the classroom


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2020

The world’s most influential conducting teacher, 90 today, is at work  in the town of Fiskars.

First pupil of the day is Pekka Kuusisto.

Hiding behind a pillar is the latest prodigy Tarmo Peltokoski.

photos Helsingin Sanomat


  • Gustavo says:

    Always on the cutting edge of hubris.

  • IP says:

    I hope they film some of these lessons.

  • Manfred says:

    and that is Roman Resnik conducting in the lower photo. Do watch out for this rising talent.

  • Ricardo says:

    I have studied with the professor recently. I do not want to minimize his contribution as a teacher, but I was unpleasantly surprised by what I have seen and experience firsthand. He is 90 today and it is clearly very hard for him to do so much as he currently does. His suggestions during classes sounded very shallow and he did not pay attention to much of that was going on. In my opinion, the golden era of his teaching has faded decades ago, while he still holds so much power in the conducting world.
    Happy birthday!

  • KANANPOIKA says:

    And let’s not forget Jorma Panula’s conducting abilities.
    His recording of the Sibelius “Kullervo” with the Turku
    Philharmonic is truly impressive.