Kaamos in English
The Kaamos Chamber Choir was founded in 2007 by Dani Juris who also conducted the choir in 2007-2016. The choir consists of experienced choral singers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. In June 2011, the choir participated in the chorus review at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival, where it was granted the rarely awarded Grand Prix and the highest accolade of three gold stamps. Kaamos has also been highly awarded in the 47th International Choir Competition in Spittal an der Drau, Austria, and in the International May Choir Competition prof. Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria. The choir participated in the International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition in Helsinki in 2009 and 2012.
Kaamos's repertoire focuses on European a cappella works from German Romantic to Scandinavian contemporary, also including early music. The choir has released two albums: Valossa (”From Darkness To Light”, Alba Records, 2012) and Pyhä yö (”Sacred Night”, 2014). The choir has also performed together with, among others, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and commissioned and premiered several new choral works.
Since 2016, The Kaamos Chamber Choir has been conducted by Visa Yrjölä.
Visa Yrjölä (b. 1992) received his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Sibelius Academy (University of the Arts, Helsinki) in 2018. He has also done exchange studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Besides being the artistic leader of the Kaamos Chamber Choir, he conducts two award-winning male voice choirs in Finland: the Euga Male Voice Choir and the Helsinki Academic Male Choir KYL. He has served as a guest conductor in projects with several Finnish groups including Key Ensemble and Somnium Ensemble.
Yrjölä has attended several masterclasses organized by Tenso, the European Network for Professional Chamber Choirs, working with Cappella Amsterdam, the Helsinki Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir, and the Croatian Radiotelevision Choir. He has also attended a masterclass with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. In 2013, the Tampere Vocal Music Festival awarded Visa Yrjölä a special prize for a young and promising conductor, and in June 2018, he was awarded the best conductor’s prize at the Bratislava Choir Festival. The Finnish radio channel Radio Classic awarded him the Tempo Award for young musicians in the conductors’ category in 2019.
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