Varkauden KesäKlassinen Varkaus SummerClassical

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An announcement

Because of the current situation, we are forced to announce the cancellation of the 2020 festival. During the last three years the event has become an important part of summer season of the city of Varkaus as a meeting point for musicians and audience. We were looking forward for the upcoming summer, but as it is for many other festivals, also organising SummerClassical would be too risky and difficult. The situation is at the moment very unfortunate and hard for the cultural field. Not only in Finland, but all over the world. 

However, we are thankful for the latest financial support granted by Niilo Helander Foundation and MES (Promotes and and supports the diversity of Finnish music). Equally important is all the support confirmed already before, from organisations that have made the festival possible from the very beginning.

Slowly we are turning our thoughts towards the summer 2021.

I hope that then we will be able to enjoy music in a very different situation. By the end of this year we will publish information of 2021 festival.

See you in Varkaus, Finland and stay home, stay safe!

Best wishes, Markus Hallikainen

Artistic director



Varkaus SummerClassical  is based on the sense of community and it combines together the beautiful nature of Varkaus, urban milieu, interesting concert venues, great artists and wonderful program! These aspects create the special atmosphere that has delighted visitors since 2017. During previous years the festival has included first performances and also leading artists, such as cellist Raphael Wallfisch, have appeared in addition to young musicians. During last three years the festival has gained popularity and has also had media attention. In 2019 the festival was visited by almost 900 visitors during a five day period.
A wide repertoire ofsolo pieces and chamber music has been perfomed and in 2018 SummerClassical had an honor to give the Finnish Premiere of M. Weinberg Concertino for cello and orchestra.
SummerClassical is a relaxed and open-minded event where listeners can be touched by music, hear artists breaking musical borders and experience unforgettable moments and skilful performances.


From the link below is possible to see photos, videos, publications and programs of previous years


The artistic director and the founder of Varkaus SummerClassical is a cellist Markus Hallikainen

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