Kuopio Symphony Orchestra maintains the 110-year-old orchestra tradition as the largest professional symphony orchestra in Eastern Finland. Symphonic repertoire forms the main core of the orchestra’s programme, whereas other genres such as chamber and light music as well as different music education projects play an important role.
The KSO has worked in close cooperation with Finnish music festivals, among others the Savonlinna Opera Festival. It has toured and given guest performances not only around Finland but also abroad, in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Japan and China. The orchestra has recorded for Warner Music / Finlandia Records and Octavia Records.
The Chief Conductor of the KSO as of autumn 2018 is Jaakko Kuusisto, Atso Almila as the Second Conductor and Jorma Panula as the Honorary Conductor.
In the past decades the orchestra has proudly presented a large number of Chinese Artists as part of its seasonal programme in Kuopio. Since 2005 the KSO has co-operated with the Shanghai Opera House including various exchanges of the artistic personnel of these two organizations. The former director of Kuopio Music Centre and KSO, Michael Claussen had an important role in establishing and developing the relationship between the sister cities of Kuopio and Shanghai Pudong.