Kaapo Ijas – dirigent
Kaapo Ijas (b.1988) has been fiercely interested in composing, perfoming, drama, group dynamics and the orchestra itself for all his life. In 2012 it lead him to conducting studies first in Sibelius Academy then Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and ultimately Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he is studying currently under B Tommy Andersson.
Broadmindedness and unprejudiced attitude towards other arts and all genres is in the very core of Ijas’ approach. Music, as any other art, is breathing together whatever the style or period.
His teachers during his studies and masterclasses include Jorma Panula, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Johannes Schlaefli and Atso Almila. He got his Bachelor’s degree (windband conducting) in spring of 2015.
In summer of 2016 Ijas was selected from numerous applicants to the Järvi Academy masterclass in Pärnu with Neeme and Paavo Järvi and was one of 8 students selected to conduct in the final concert. He was also a semifinalist in Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2016 after invited to the competition with 2 weeks notice.
During fall of 2016 Ijas was assistant to Damian Iorio during a production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny in NorrlandsOpera in Umeå.
Ijas has conducted i.a. Norrköping SO, South Jutland SO, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (Mannheim), Hradec Kralove Philharmonia, KMH Symphony Orchestra, Seinäjoki City Orchestra, KammarensembleN, Norrbotten NEO, Finnish Navy Band, Helsinki Police band and numerous other project ensembles and choirs during masterclasses and in concerts. Ijas is currently the artistic director of 50-piece mixed choir Koiton Laulu and conductor/founder of ArtsOrchestra. .
Besides concert music Ijas has experience on theater i.a. Ella ja kaverit juhlatuulella (2011-2012) (A childrens musical; composer, arranger and co-producer), Etiäinen (2012) and Myrsky (2013) (A silent film with live orchestra). Ijas has composed a number of orchestral, vocal, chamber, theater and film music e.g. Cantata for mixed choir and orchestra Turvapaikka which he premiered in 2013.