Launched on 1 January 1999, the Kymi Sinfonietta is one of the top orchestras in Finland, with the members consisting of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras amalgamated at the end of 1998. This unique orchestra of two towns is diverse and active. Played with burning passion, Kymi Sinfonietta's extensive and acclaimed repertoire and high-quality concerts with Finnish and international top artists have gathered a faithful audience.
Kymi Sinfonietta performs regularly in Kotka and Kouvola and has also conducted successful performances in international venues, such as St Petersburg in 2003, Heerlen in Holland in 2007, China on their tour in 2008 and Cadogan Hall in London in a series of concerts in 2010. In March 2011, Kymi Sinfonietta performed in Riga on the invitation of the Latvian state choir. The orchestra also gained international acclaim in 2004 and 2009 performing the final concerts of the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition, broadcast on radio.
The Uuno Klami Composition Competition aims to introduce and promote modern European music as well as composers' work under the title of Uuno Klami, a cosmopolitan composer of his own time. The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition is one of the world's most successful composition competitions thanks to its number of participants and competition arrangements. It is overwhelmingly the best known Finnish composition competition internationally. The final concerts of the II Uuno Klami Composition Competition for children and young people will air in Kotka and Kouvola in October 2012. More information at: www.klamicompetition.fi.
Kymi Sinfonietta's programme is comprehensive, ranging from small chamber music compositions to grand symphonies, from old music to the newest. The orchestra has released three acclaimed recordings on the Alba record label: Klami Rhapsodie, containing music of Uuno Klami, Eero Kesti and Toivo Kuula; Jukka Linkola's opera ’Täyttyneiden toiveiden maa’ (The Land of Fulfilled Hopes) based on the text of Toivo Pekkanen; and KymiScenes with music of Uuno Klami.