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The Kymi Sinfonietta 

(Photo: Tuuli Koivisto)

The Kymi Sinfonietta established on 1.1.1999 consists of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras combined at the end of 1998. Now an orchestra of Sinfonietta strength, it has 32 regular players. It is maintained by a company, Kymenlaakson Orkesteri Oy, owned by the towns of Kotka and Kouvola. The broad, highly-acclaimed repertoire and the first-rate concerts, performed with a burning passion for music in partnership with superb Finnish and other artists have won the Kymi Sinfonietta a devoted following.

The orchestra's first Artistic Director was Juha Nikkola and its Principal Guest Conductor 2004-2006 was Dmitri Slobodeniouk. Since 2007 the Artistic Director has been Yasuo Shinozaki.

The Kymi Sinfonietta gives concerts at the Kotka Concert Hall on Wednesdays and the Kouvola City Hall or Kuusankoski Hall on Thursdays. It has won recognition both in Finland and abroad, as when it toured to St. Petersburg in 2003 and 2012, Heerlen in the Netherlands in 2007, China in 2008, the Cadogan Hall in London in 2010 and Riga, Latvia in March 2011.

The Kymi Sinfonietta has also won international acclaim as the performer of the works reaching the finals of the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition in 2004 and 2009. The orchestra's first disc, Klami Rhapsodie, was released in 2002 on the Alba label. This was followed in 2004 by the opera The Journey by Jukka Linkola. Its most recent disc is KymiScenes of music by Uuno Klami released in December 2007.