Lyric tenor Simo Mäkinen began his vocal studies at The Sibelius-Academy in 2006, having been involved in ensemble and choral singing with Finland’s foremost groups for a number of years.
He has performed in several festivals in Finland and abroad such as Naantali Music Festival, Polyfollia Festival (France), Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival (Germany) and Festival Aix-en-Provence (France) where he was chosen in 2007 to attend the Academy for Young Singers with teachers including Mikael Eliasen from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Graham Clark and Bernarda Fink.
Simo has worked with many Finnish and international artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Ralf Gothóni, Christopher Hogwood and Bobby McFerrin. He has sung as soloist in Bachs’ St John Passion with Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Peter Schreier and in spring 2008 he took part in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Bach’s cantata Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut. He also performed this year the role of Camille in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Mozart arias with The Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Future plans include Gheraldo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante and his debut with The Finnish National Opera in Ilkka Kuusisto’s Gabriel, tule takaisin.
Simo is also a teacher of violin following his graduation from Helsinki Polytechnik Stadia in 2007 where he studied with Silja Raitio-Heikinheimo.