About us

How it all started

Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra was born in the summer of 2017 (by the name of SMO), when pianist Alina Sorjonen and conductor Sasha Mäkilä decided to gather their musician friends together to practice and perform some concert music in the middle of the summer in Helsinki.

The debut concert in the Temppeliaukio Church was a big success. The large number of audience, about 800 listeners, of whom 100 were standing, took us all by surprise, and left us with a burning desire to keep playing together. After getting organized in the autumn, the next concerts will be in Kauniainen and Helsinki around the New Year 2018.


  • Sasha Mäkilä Artistic leader
  • Alina Sorjonen Intendent

Board of directors

  • Alina Sorjonen Chairman
  • Sanna Mansikkaniemi Secretary
  • Åsa Gustavsson
  • Jyrki Messo
  • Elias Trygg