Estonia
Teaching a conducting masterclass in Pärnu, Estonia

2014 was a great year - well, how else! I traveled to many interesting places, met interesting people, and had even time for hobbies. Here's a short summary:

Last year I pretty much established myself as a conducting pedagogue by teaching three conducting masterclasses - my already traditional winter masterclass in Mikkeli, Finland, one in May in Pärnu, Estonia, and yet one more in Mikkeli during the Gergiev Festival.

One of the highlights on the year happened right away in January, when I could conduct my first Beethoven's 9th in Seoul. Other debuts this year included Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra in Russia, and Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland.

For my own orchestra in Mikkeli the most important benchmark this year was starting live webcasts of selected concerts - the first one being Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. I also had the fortune to work with some of the top soloists in the world, including cellist Jian Wang and violinist Vadim Repin. I usually have been very lucky in this regard.

One of my projects to celebrate my 10 years in the profession (now already 11) also came to a finish, my series of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in Mikkeli. The next big project I am planning is going to be about Mendelssohn - first the string symphonies with my group, and then we'll see what else.

Have a great 2015 everyone!