LEAD! The Orchestra Project

In our international project, young musicians develop their leadership and communication skills as orchestral players with professionals.


LEAD! The Orchestra Project is led by conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and organised as a collaboration between the Haute école de musique Genève in Switzerland, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. It culminates in concerts by LEAD! symphony orchestra in Helsinki, Lahti and Tampere in September 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this project was postponed from 2020 to 2022.

Concerts in September 2022

Working with top international professionals of their own fields, students gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that will support their artistic identity and career. The project is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erko Foundation. 


  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor 
  • Tero Latvala, vl
  • Alexander Gordon, va
  • Franz Bartolomey, vc
  • Professional mentor from the LEAD! Foundation: Sarah Osa

Coaches from the participating institutions

  • Haute école de musique de Genève & son site de Neuchâtel: TBA, trumpet, Aline Champion, violin
  • Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki: Emmanuel Laville, oboe, Tero Toivonen, French horn, Kati Salovaara, double bass, Antti Rislakki, percussion
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore: Zhang Jin Min, bassoon, Brett Stemple, tuba 

Concact information for this project

Márta Schmidt
Planning officer

Project name

LEAD! The Orchestra Project




Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation


The Geneva HEM, Haute école de musique de Genève

The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore

LEAD! Foundation