LEAD! The Orchestra Project

Kansainvälisessä hankkeessa nuoret muusikot kehittävät johtamis- ja kommunikointitaitojaan orkesterisoittajina ammattilaisten kanssa.

NOTE! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this project was postponed to 2022


LEAD! The Orchestra Project is an international project where young musicians have the opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills as orchestra musicians under mentorship of music professionals. The 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 Let’s LEAD! Orchestra taking place in Tampere, Lahti and Helsinki 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, violin
  • Alexander Zemtsov, viola
  • Franz Bartolomey, cello 

Mentors from the participating institutions

  • Haute école de musique de Genève & son site de Neuchâtel: 
    Aline Champion, violin, Gérard Métrailler, trumpet
  • Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki: Kati Salovaara, double bass, Tero Toivonen, French horn
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore: Zhang Jin Min, bassoon, Brett Stemple, tuba 
  • Professional mentors from the LEAD! Foundation: Frances Maunder and Sarah Os

COntact information for this project

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