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Member of the Week - Vuokko Lahtinen


"My favorite question of the moment is: when did we establish the context of music so far that even the sounds of the plants growing or the globe rolling can be considered as music?"

Hello! My name is Vuokko Lahtinen and I work as a violist in the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra. For me being a musician means to have the incredible possibility to see and feel the everyday life trough a musical context. My favorite question of the moment is: when did we establish the context of music so far that even the sounds of the plants growing or the globe rolling can be considered as music?

An important consequence for feeling the music is naturally to live it together and play it with and for each other.

The metro is one of my favourite things in my current home town Paris. In metro we all take ourselves outside of the normal life context and statuses and we rest down to wait together, travel together and sometimes exchange a glance with each other.

I see lots of simularities in the ideal situation of music making: you keep your voice and outlook, but simultaneously step inside to a common vehicle which takes away all the unnecessary hierarchy and facades. In the metro I saw a brilliant Adidas commercial, where a football player Kylian Mbappé said: ”Alone we might be strong but together we get the furthest”.

What does democracy mean in a musical group? My dear mentor Eberhard Feltz says: ”Music is not harmony. Music is the harmonious co-existence of different oppositions”. Everywhere, also in politics, the concept of democracy works only when the different sides are presented and equally allowed to live and compete together. For me democracy is never something flat or horizontal - it is an organism where different initiatives co-exist in a way that each attempt gets noticed and evaluated. Of course different initiatives have different energies and intensities - a fugue of Haydn works just because friends try to overstep or run from each other. Just like Yin needs Yang, the consonance needs dissonance. The left needs right and Putin needs Unicorns.

What I wish for the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra?

My passion is to try to ensure that the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra does not run out of ideas and impulses. I believe that all creative human functioning comes from movement. Movement comes from initiatives and initiatives from ideas and impulses. My biggest aim as a musician is always to catch and plant ideas and make sure, that there is always space for inspiration.

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