Fiskars Summer Festival

Apply now for the 4th Edition of the Fiskars Summer Festival!
27 July- 7 August 2023

We are now taking applications for this year’s conducting masterclass as well as our young musicians' mentorship programme!

The conductors' masterclass will be led by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, with guests Dalia Stasevska and James Gaffigan, who will this year select 6 young conductors (age 20-35) to take part. In addition to the masterclass, the week includes career mentorship and a public performance for each candidate.

Young violinists, violists, cellists and double-bass players (age 18-30) are welcome to apply to join our Fiskars Festival Orchestra. The programme also includes career mentorship and performing in the Summer Chamber Music Series alongside our guest mentors, which include Tero Latvala, Cam Kjøll, Alexander Gordon and Tuomas Lehto.


For course content, conditions and application requirements, please follow the links below!

We look forward to hearing from you!

The LEAD! Foundation team

“When visiting Fiskars village recently, I was immediately inspired to organise a mentoring event in its wonderfully creative atmosphere. The feeling is one of energy and innovation, and that is going to inspire our young musicians and mentors.” Jukka-Pekka Saraste

The Fiskars Summer Festival hosts LEAD! Foundation´s masterclass for young conductors in the early stages of their career. It was inspired by our desire to create an ongoing teaching programme and a supportive community - a hub for Finnish and international participants to meet, network, find support, practice and learn. In the spirit of the Finnish tradition for creating a supportive atmosphere for the next generation of young artists, we invite both Finnish and international personalities to collaborate with us.

Our focus remains firmly on developing leadership- communication- and self-management skills in our young artists. We aim to teach not only the skills required to excel in performance, but also to provide individual mentorship and insight into the classical music industry, which is currently undergoing significant change.

Conductor Students discussing the day

Stephanie Childress, Kristian Sallinen and Ilya Ram

"I had an incredible time in Finland. I keep telling anyone I can about how amazing this event and opportunity was for me" Ilya Ram, conductor

Led by conductor and LEAD! Founder Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Fiskars Summer Festival is an international platform for both Finnish and international artists to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of conductors from all around the world. In 2020 eminent artists Jorma Panula, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Dalia Stasevska, Klaus Mäkelä and Pekka Kuusisto appeared as special guests and mentors.

The Masterclass offers:

  • Active work with orchestra, where work is analysed, critiqued and discussed.
  • Workshops that include career coaching and advice on the classical music business.
  • Public concerts

The Festival takes place in the idyllic artisan village of Fiskars. It uses many of the village’s picturesque locations to host its activities, and has established strong ties with the local community and businesses.

The Festival offers:

  • Chamber music pop-up concerts in different informal venues in Fiskars, including art galleries, ateliers and industrial spaces.
  • Seminars, workshops and discussions about musical leadership and other topics. Artists and businesspeople living in Fiskars and beyond are also invited to take part in these events that are open to the public.
  • Concerts with chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra with top international soloists and guest conductors.

A look back at the Fiskars Summer Festival 2021

Fiskars Summer Festival 2022 Edition 8 - 13 August

This year we debut our Chamber Music Series performed by the LEAD!Soloists as well as our Fiskars Festival Orchestra who will perform in concerts on 11,12 and 13 August. We are excited to welcome back acclaimed conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hannu Lintu and Dalia Stasevska, who will join Jukka-Pekka Saraste in mentoring young conductors participating in the LEAD! Foundation Academy Masterclass

Fiskars Summer Festival 2021 Edition 2 - 8 August

The 2nd Fiskars Summer Festival and LEAD! Foundation Academy Masterclass for young conductors with mentors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hannu Lintu

Fiskars Summer Festival 2020 Edition 1 - 8 August

In addition to LEAD! artistic director Jukka-Pekka Saraste and distinguished teacher Jorma Panula, renowned artists Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Dalia Stasevska, Klaus Mäkelä and Pekka Kuusisto appeared as special guests and mentors.