MUSIQ’3 Festival: Nordic Vibes

Large yellow circle with cut out shape of a stag in the middle in green. Reads Nordic Vibes, with logos for The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and Musiq3.


The Musiq’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.

Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres.  The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.

Finnish composition is showcased strongly, with the festival programme including both Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Performing the music of these composers are a drove of leading Finnish musicians such as the Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin Kamarikuoro), Olli Mustonen and Joonas Ahonen. The festival programme also includes lighter music, with a solo concert of fast-paced jazz by Iiro Rantala, a performance by award-winning violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala who will be bringing Kaustinen’s folk music to the heart of Brussels, and Kimmo Pohjonen who will delight audiences with the furious energy of his accordion.

Musiqu’3 Festival director Benoit Debuyst has absolute faith in the quality of Finnish music and the skill of Finnish musicians:

-In every genre Finnish musicians are making their mark on the international scene. Finnish music makers are bold and break boundaries more readily than further south in Europe, where the boundaries between genres are more tightly upheld. A good example of this is Kreeta-Maria Kentala’s soundtrack Side by Side, in which she combines Bach with Kaustinen’s folk music. Her musical roots and contemporary sensibilities combine naturally without eliminating one or the other. All music genres have their own place in Finland and their co-existence creates a fruitful synergy.


Friday 29.6

7 PM Flagey – Studio 4 Opening night 

Kimmo Pohjonen

9.30 PM –  Abbaye de la Cambre

Helsinki Chamber Choir – Vigilia  (vesper)

– 22 chorists

– Niall Chorall (tenor)

– Tuukka Haapaniemi (bass)

– Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia (Vesper)

Pipe organ improvisation: Matthias Lecomte

Saturday 30.6

11 AM, Abbaye de la Cambre

Helsinki Chamber Choir – Vigilia  (matinea)

– 22 chorists

– Niall Chorall (tenor)

– Tuukka Haapaniemi (bass)

– Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia (Vesper)

Urkuimprovisaatio: Matthias Lecomte

12 PM, Flagey – Studio 1

Kreeta-Maria Kentala

Side by side: Bach and folk music from Kaustinen

4 PM, Flagey Studio 1

Joonas Ahonen & Taurus-Quartet

Beethoven & Respighi

5 PM Flagey – Studio 4

Iiro Rantala: Lost Heroes

7 PM Flagey – Studio 4

Kimmo Pohjonen: Entrez dans la transe

9.30 PM  Abbaye de la Cambre

Helsingin kamarikuoro: Madrigali nuovi e antichi

Sunday 1.7

5 PM, Flagey – Studio 4

Olli Mustonen & co: Mustonen & Chostakovitch

Olli Mustonen: Quintette with Piano

Dmitri Chostakovitch: Quintette en sol mn. Op.57

Lilli Maijala, viola

6 PM, Flagey – Studio 1

Joonas Ahonen: ambiances finlandaises