Male Choir Valkia - Mieskuoro Valkia

Valkia is a Finnish male voice chamber choir founded in 2016.

News

November 2017 - Valkia has been invited to participate in the Fleischmann International Trophy
Competition held in Cork, Ireland in April 2018.

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September 2017 - Male Choir Valkia performs in Paris in February 2018 together with local female voice choir Le Miroir. Both choirs sing their own repertoire and also mixed voice works together.

For the tour in Paris, Valkia has invited their first visiting conductor, French Chloé Dufresne, who rehearses and conducts the choir until the tour.

Dufresne is excited to get to know Finnish male choir culture and to take Finnish male choir music to France.

Valkia, conducted by Dufresne, can also be heard in Finland. On January 26th, 2018, Valkia performs in Töölö church together with female voice choir Kaari-ensemble.

After Paris, Valkia continues its journey with artistic director Saara Aittakumpu.

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June 2017 - Valkia was awarded a diploma with one gold stamp and received a special male choir prize at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival.
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April 2017 - Valkia won the second prize in Contemporary Music Category of the 15th International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2017". 

The Choir

Valkia is a Finnish male voice chamber choir founded in April 2016 by its members. The singers of the choir have backgrounds in the leading Finnish male and mixed choirs. While the best Finnish male choirs tend to be large ensembles of more than 50 singers, the leading thought of Valkia is to enable quality male choir singing in chamber choir size. As many of the members are long-time singer fellows, another important reason for founding the choir was friendship, which can be heard as unity and a sense of warmth in the choir’s sound.  

Because of the member-led founding process and singers’ vast experience, the members have large role in setting direction for the choir. Among other things, the choir recruits new singers through collective decisions, has a strong role in choosing its repertoire, and employs – in addition to a chief conductor – visiting conductors on project basis.  

Valkia’s repertoire consists of the gems of 19th and 20th century a cappella music for male choirs, spiced up with contemporary favorites. In line with the name of the choir, Valkia, which means “fire” or “blaze” in Finnish, the artistic goal of Valkia is to focus on the music itself, let it blaze in a moment, and fire up both the singers and audience.

Conductors

Saara Aittakumpu was invited as Valkia’s chief conductor in June 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in music with a major in Choral Conducting, awarded by the Sibelius Academy (now part of the University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland). In addition to Valkia, Aittakumpu currently conducts one of the oldest male choirs in Finland, the Polytech Choir, and Kaari-ensemble, of which she was one of the founding members. She has also taught choral conducting at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and Helsinki Conservatory of Music. At the 5th Int. Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in 2015, Saara Aittakumpu was awarded with the conductor prize.  

For autumn 2017 Valkia invited visiting conductor Chloé Dufresne to rehearse and conduct the choir until a performance in Paris in February 2018. French-born conductor Dufresne began her studies in orchestra conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she was unanimously awarded the Advanced Diploma in 2015. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Orchestra Conducting at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in the class of  Atso Almila and Hannu Lintu. Ms. Dufresne has led and worked with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki City Orchestra, Pori Symfonietta, Joensuu City Orchestra (Finland); Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Burgas State Opera (Bulgaria); Orchestre de Massy (France). She has completed a bachelor of musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and participated in masterclasses with several renowned conductors