Lieksa Brass Week in Finland is the biggest brass music festival in the Nordic countries. Lieksa Brass Week includes music courses, international competition and the classical concert series as well as open air performances. The artistic director is Jouko Harjanne.
Lieksa Brass Week was launched by music councillor and trumpeter Erkki Eskelinen. In 2019 the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with friendship and Japan themes.
Lieksa is a small town in North Karelia in the eastern border of EU. Lieksa has fascinating natural scenes and provides a great variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Lieksa Brass Week, supported by Lieksa municipality, is the biggest art music festival in North Karelia.
Top international brass artists of the world get together in Lieksa every year to teach and perform. The master classes and basic tuition courses have had an important influence for many brass students over the years.
Every year Lieksa Brass Week presents both Finnish and foreign new brass music and musicians that would perhaps not otherwise be heard in Finland.
Photo: Ilkka Karppanen