Conductor Sasha Mäkilä has been named the Principal Guest Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra. In his position Mäkilä will lead 3–4 subscription concerts annually as well as special projects, such as chamber orchestra concerts and school concerts. Mäkilä will work on developing the orchestra together with chief conductor Vladimir Lande.
Mäkilä has studied conducting in Sibelius Academy (Finland), the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen (USA). Previously he has worked as an assistant for Kurt Masur in the Orchestre National de France and Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was Music Director for St. Michel Strings chamber orchestra in 2012–2016.
Krasnoyarsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia. Its orchestra, which consists of 97 musicians, was founded in 1977. On tour the orchestra performs under the name Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.