The Conductor

The Conductor


Spira’s conductor (2019–): George Parris

George Parris Photo: Lidia Crisafulli

Spira’s conductor (2013–2019): Kari Turunen

Dirigent Kari Turunen. Foto: Kai Bäckström.
Photo: Kai Bäckström.


Kari Turunen studied at the University of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy, where he studied choral conducting. He holds a doctorate in early music performance practice from the University of the Arts Helsinki.

He is the artistic director of five choirs and ensembles: the male chorus Akademiska Sångföreningen, the Kampin Laulu chamber choir, Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae, a choir of cantors of the Finnish Lutheran Church, the all-male Ensemble Petraloysio, and Spira Ensemble. He is also a member of Lumen Valo, a distinguished vocal ensemble that is one of the driving forces on the Finnish early music scene.

Dr. Turunen taught choral conducting at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences between 2001 and 2011. He is in regular demand as a teacher of choral courses, adjudicator and clinician. He is also chairman of the Finnish Choral Directors’ Association, and he was named Choral Conductor of the Year 2008 in Finland.