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Jukka Untamala

Jukka Untamala is a Finnish conductor and violinist. He is the Artistic Director of Lohja City Orchestra and has been appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Joensuu City Orchestra from early 2025. He is also an artistic director of the acclaimed Helsinki Seriös concert series and as a member of the Kamus String Quartet, artistic director of the renowned Our Festival at Lake Tuusula. He studied conducting under the esteemed professor Jorma Panula, violin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and chamber music at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).


Jukka has much experience as concertmaster and section leader in many of Finland’s major orchestras and is now building a reputation as a respected conductor in Finland. His repertoire is wide, with its foundations in the Classical tradition and with a fresh approach to music of the Romantic era. He also has a keen interest in contemporary music and has brought his typically inspiring and energetic approach to Finnish premieres by composers such as Outi Tarkiainen, Andrea Tarrodi and Cecilia Damström. As guest conductor he has worked with many orchestras across Finland including Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia and Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Vaasa City Orchestras. He has worked with soloists including Pekka Kuusisto, Elina Vähälä, Olli Mustonen and Ismo Eskelinen


Jukka is also well known as a chamber musician and is a founder member of the Kamus String Quartet. He has visited nearly all of Finland’s Music Festivals and performs regularly across Europe. With Kamus he has won many competition prizes, the Emma award for the best album of the year in 2017 and the Recording of the Year prize from the Finnish National Broadcasting Company (Yle) in 2016.  


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