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OKKO KAMU

The Finnish conductor Okko Kamu was born into a family of musicians in Helsinki in 1946. He very soon took up the violin and was able to enter the Sibelius Academy at the age of six.

He formed his own string quartet, the Suhonen, in 1964 where he played first violin for a number of years and at the age of twenty he was appointed to be first solo violin at the Finnish National Opera. Okko Kamu held this post until 1968, when it at last became possible for him to conduct the opera orchestra himself.

A self-taught orchestral director, he became chief guest conductor of the Royal Swedish Opera in 1969, the same year as he won the first Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. This latter achievement opened the doors to an international career.

Otto Kamu has conducted the leading orchestras of the world and has been musical director of Finnish and Dutch Radio, of the Helsinki and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras and of the Stockholm Sinfonietta. He has also been chief guest conductor of the Birmingham Symphony and the Copenhagen Philharmonic.

Okko Kamu has recorded fifty discs for various labels. For Naxos, he has recorded Franz Berwald’s four symphonies and his piano concerto; Aulis Sallinen’s Complete Music for String Orchestra; flute concertos by Penderecki, Takemitsu and Sallinen and an album of Swedish orchestral favourites.

Otto Kamu’s two discs of Berwald for Naxos both received the rare Diapason d’Or award.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Nordic Classical Favourites Naxos 8.504037
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
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Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND ORCHESTRA Naxos
8.554185
Concertos, Orchestral
ADAGIO - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570015-16
Orchestral
ADAGIO 2 Naxos
8.553841
Orchestral
ADAGIO CHILLOUT Naxos
8.556783
Orchestral
ALBINONI / BARBER / HANDEL (UK) Naxos
8.554584
Orchestral
BERWALD: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.553051
Orchestral
BERWALD: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 / Piano Concerto Naxos
8.553052
Concertos, Orchestral
BRITTEN, B.: Piano Concerto / Soirees musicales / Matinees musicales (Gothoni, Kamu) Ondine
ODE825-2
Concertos, Orchestral
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Orchestral
CLASSICAL CHILLOUT - The Essential Collection Naxos
8.570223-24
Orchestral
CRUSELL, B.H.: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1-3 (Frost, Gothenburg Symphony, Kamu) BIS
BIS-SACD-1723
Concertos
DROSTE-HULSHOFF, A. von: Judenbuche (Die) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB20062
Orchestral
FANGA DAGEN (Seize the Day) Naxos
8.578216
Orchestral
FINNISH ORCHESTRAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.555773
Orchestral
FRANCK: Variations symphoniques / Les Djinns BIS
BIS-CD-137
Orchestral
GRIEG: Symphony in C Minor / I Host (In Autumn) BIS
BIS-CD-200
Orchestral
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Orchestral
IN MEMORIAM - MUSIC FOR SOLEMN OCCASIONS Naxos
8.553435
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzi from Operas Naxos
8.554703
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzos from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusiticana, Pagliacci and more Naxos
8.570046
Orchestral
LARSSON, Lars-Erik: Best of Lars-Erik Larsson (The) Naxos
8.556695
Orchestral
LARSSON: 12 Concertinos, Op. 45 BIS
BIS-CD-473-74
Concertos
LINDBERG, Christian: 10-Year Jubilee BIS
BIS-CD-638
Concertos
MARCHES (FAMOUS) Naxos
8.553596
Orchestral
MIRACLE OF SUMMER (THE) Naxos
8.557998
Orchestral
Music for Kids CD 9: Music from Planet Earth Naxos Educational
8.558022
Music Education
Opera Arias (Tenor): Nuotio, Pekka - CILEA, F. / MASCAGNI, P. / LEONCAVALLO, R. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. (Opera Arias Recordings, 1973-1981) Ondine
ODE900-2
Opera
Orchestral Music - PETERSON-BERGER, W. / LARSSON, L.-E. / SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / ALFVEN, H. (Nordic Favourites) Naxos
8.554782
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Finnish) - RAUTAVAARA, E. / SIBELIUS, J. / MERIKANTO, A. / KANTILEN, T. / PINGOUD, E. / SALLINEN, A. / NORDGREN, P.H. Ondine
ODE937-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Nordic): RAUTAVAARA, E. / PINGOUD, E. / NORDGREN, P.H. / SALLINEN, A. (Aurora Borealis - The Magic of Northern Lights) Ondine
ODE1137-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: STRAUSS II, J. / BRAHMS, J. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (Kevein savelin) (Segerstam, Gomez Martinez, Saul, Tikka) Ondine
ODE1077-2
Orchestral
PONTINEN: Blue Winder / MILHAUD: Concertino d'hiver BIS
BIS-CD-348
Orchestral, Concertos
ROMANTIC BLISS Naxos
8.578050
Orchestral
SALLINEN, A.: Kuningas lahtee Ranskaan (The King Goes Forth To France) [Opera] (Kamu) Ondine
ODE1066-2D
Opera
SALLINEN, A.: Palace (The) (Savonlinna Opera Festival, 1995) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102091
Opera DVD
SALLINEN, A.: Songs of Life and Death / The Iron Age Suite (Hynninen) Ondine
ODE844-2
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
SALLINEN: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-64
Chamber Music
SALLINEN: Sinfonia / Chorali / String Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-41
Orchestral
SALLINEN: Sunrise Serenade / Symphony No. 2 / Symphony No. 6 BIS
BIS-CD-511
Orchestral
SALLINEN: Works for String Orchestra (Complete) Naxos
8.553747
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
SCHNITTKE, A.: Symphonies Nos. 0-9 BIS
BIS-CD-1767-68
Orchestral
SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 4 / Requiem BIS
BIS-CD-497
Orchestral
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SOMMAR I HANGMATTAN - Lugn Musik for lata Dagar (Tranquil Music for Lazy Days) Naxos
8.578152
Orchestral
SOMMAR VID TORPET - Hyllning till Naturen och Svensk Folkton Naxos
8.578150
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Orchestral
STRAUSS Family Rarities BIS
BIS-CD-645
Orchestral, Operetta, Orchestral, Operetta, Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral, Operetta
STRAUSS, R.: 3 Hymnen / Opera Arias (Isokoski, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kamu) Ondine
ODE1202-2
Opera, Vocal
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
Swedish Orchestral Favourites, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553115
Orchestral
SWEDISH ROMANCE FOR MEDITATION Naxos
8.570303
Orchestral
TANSSIINKUTSU - Invitation a la Valse Ondine
ODE815-2
Orchestral
Valbefinnande - Klassisk musik for kropp och sjal (Wellbeing - Classical Music for Body and Soul) Naxos
8.578220
Orchestral
Välbefinnande - Musik för Kropp och Själ (Wellness - Music for Body and Soul) Naxos
8.572149
Orchestral
VARMA RODA STUNDER - Romantisk Klassisk Musik (Warm Red Hours - Romantic Classical Music) (3CD set) Naxos
8.503038
Orchestral





 
 
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