Oulu Music Festival

Oulu Music Festival

Oulu Music Festival is an annual music festival organized by the Oulu Music Festival Foundation. The festival fills the city with international and national artist guests. The program of the music festival includes an extensive book of classical and rhythm music concerts, as well as co-productions that also feature contemporary circus and dance.

OMF Team

Elena Mindru-Turunen Oulun Musiikkijuhlat | Oulun musiikkijuihlasäätiö

Elena Mîndru-Turunen


Master of Music, jazz singer Elena Mîndru-Turunen has been the CEO of the Oulu Music Festival Foundation since January 2021.

”Oulu has had a special place in my heart since I was performing here for the first time. As CEO, I want to continue on the path indicated by Maija Kuusisto and preserve the position of our festival on the Finnish music field as one of the highlights of the year, together with our new artistic directors Jukka Perko and Elina Vähälä.”

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Ville Kess Oulun Musiikkijuhlat | Oulun musiikkijuhlasäätiö

Ville Kess


Ville Kess has been the producer of the Oulu Music Festival Foundation since autumn 2017.

"The Oulu Music Festival has a strong position in the cultural life of Oulu, and it is very interesting to work with both the festival and the year-round productions."

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Mari Palo OMJ taiteellinen johtaja tiimi 2022

Mari Palo

Artistic Director

"I am really happy about the upcoming position as the artistic director of the Oulu Music Festival and I look forward to planning the program together with another artistic director, Jukka Perko. Oulu's cultural offer has always been of a high standard and Oulu is very inspiring as a city. Like my predecessors, I want to continue to offer high-quality concerts to Oulu residents, and I hope that we can reach more and more new listeners as well. What better way to nourish the soul than to come and enjoy music!"

Jukka Perkko Oulun Musiikkijuhlat | Oulun musiikkijuhlasäätiö

Jukka Perko​

Artistic Director

“It is a great honor to be involved in carrying out this wonderful event as an artistic director, together with Elina Vähälä. I believe that with Elina and the whole Oulu Music Festival team, we will be able to continue and develop the great tradition of the event and to offer exciting concerts in the future as well! Over the years, I have played at the Oulu Music Festival numerous times, and it is always great to return to Oulu. ”


The operations of the Oulu Music Festival Foundation are controlled by the foundation's board. During the term 2021-2014, the chairperson of the board is Jenni Pitko and vice chairperson Ari-Pekka Sirviö.

Hannu Tarvas, Susanna Yli-Luukko and Maija Saraste serve as members of the board, and the vice members are Karoliina Niemelä, Maria Pasanen, Roope Rautio, Päivi Polso and Aarno Törmänen.

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