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Tampere Culture Ambassadors 2020 - 21

Tampere Ambassadors
Photo: Kaapo Kamu

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Chief Conductor, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

Tell us briefly about your current work.

I am Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Starting this year, I will be Principal Conductor in London as well.

Based on your experience, what makes Tampere an especially good and interesting city culturally?

The audience for cultural events in Tampere is entirely unique to Finland. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, has earned its place as the city's orchestra for younger and older audiences alike.

Why is Tampere a good home for international cultural events?

It has versatile, functional spaces, growing collaborations with businesses and creative and professional organisers, while still being straightforward enough to serve blood sausage.

What do you want to promote as Tampere Culture Ambassador?

I will continue telling the world how important a stepping-stone Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra has been to my career. Nowadays, Tampere is my home. I will also continue to invite internationally leading artists as guests to Tampere to wine and dine them and take them ice swimming – and show them Tampere’s sights, of course!

How would you describe Tampere as a city? What makes it unique?

Here, you can find nature and urban life in one package - and you can find a partner as well!

Tampere Ambassadors

Aram Tertzakian, Executive Producer, Co-Founder, XYZ FIlms

Aram Tertzakian is a co-founder and partner of American production company XYZ Films. Tertzakian has produced dozens of films during his career, and he is also a producer of Hollywood film Dual, which was shot in Tampere in autumn 2020.

After successful filming of Dual, the City of Tampere, Film Tampere and XYZ Films agreed on a cooperation agreement about future international movie productions in the city.

- We were very satisfied with the filming of Dual in Tampere. We are committed to finding and recognizing more opportunities for movie productions in Tampere and Finland. This cooperation agreement with the City of Tampere and Film Tampere is a great first step to reach this goal, Tertzakian said.

Aram Tertzakian was granted the title of a Tampere Culture Ambassador at the Tampere Old City Hall in the closure event of the movie production in November 2020.