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Arto Noras

  • Cellist


Arto Noras (born 1942), founder and Artistic Director of the Naantali Music Festival, is one of Finland's most celebrated instrumentalists and amongst the most outstanding internationally acknowledged cellists of his generation. He is known as an expressive and technically brilliant soloist and as an intensive and sensitive chamber musician. After completing his studies with Professor Yrjo Selin at the Sibelius Academy, Arto Noras studied with Paul Tortelier at the Paris Conservatoire where he gained the coveted Premier Prix diploma in 1964. Two years later he was awarded second prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which immediately opened his way to the most important concert halls in Europe and both North and South America where he has performed regularly ever since, the Danish Sonning Prize in 1967 and Finnish State music prize in 1972.