Concerts » Jan Lehtola, Lahti
Dr Jan Lehtola has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestras and the St. Michel Strings. Jan Lehtola collaborates regularly with composers and has given more than 150 world and regional premieres. In 2003 he organised the first International Naji Hakim Festival in Helsinki. Lehtola was the Artistic Director of the Organo Novo Festival in Helsinki 2007–2016 and Chairman of the Finnish Organum Society 2009–2014. Lehtola has recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and can be heard on more than forty commercial recordings.
Dr. Jan Lehtola studied the organ in Helsinki (with Prof. Olli Porthan and Kari Jussila), Amsterdam (with Prof. Jacques van Oortrmerssen and Jean Boyer), Stuttgart (with Prof. Ludger Lohmann), Lyon (with Prof. Louis Robilliard) and Paris (with Prof. Naji Hakim). He graduated from the Church Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, gaining his diploma with distinction in 1998. In 2000 he gave his Sibelius Academy debut recital in Kallio Church, Helsinki, and in 2005 received a Doctorate for his dissertation on Oskar Merikanto as a transmitter of European influences to Finland. Jan Lehtola is a Lecturer in Organ Music in the Sibelius Academy. He is also active as a lecturer and a teacher of masterclasses.