Concerts » Seppo Murto, Helsinki


Director musices Seppo Murto (b. 1955) is one of the most prominent Finnish organists and choir leaders. In 1980 he received his diploma in the organ and 1983 in choral conducting with Dominante Choir.

Seppo Murto started as Dominante’s artistic director in 1981. In addition, Seppo Murto has worked as the artistic director for the mixed choirs Suomen Laulu (1984-1988), Akateeminen Laulu (1994-2000), Viva Vox (1995-), Murtosointu (2003-), and Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis (2006-2008).

Seppo Murto has given many seminars and workshops in choral conducting around the world, e.g. in the Nordklang and Europa Cantata festivals. He has made numerous recordings with his choirs. Murto has also conducted major works of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart with leading Finnish symphony orchestras.

Seppo Murto has been the organist of Helsinki Cathedral since 1985 and he was also a teacher of the organ and choral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, the leading institution of music education in Finland. He has given organ recitals in Finland and abroad, e.g. in Scandinavian countries, Russia, Estonia and Germany.

The Finnish Choral Conductors’ Association nominated Seppo Murto as the choral conductor of the year in 2001.

In 2004 the city of Espoo awarded Seppo Murto with a medal of honour.
This was followed by another medal of honour by Helsinki University of Technology in 2007.