One of the today’s most outstanding cellists, Arto Noras began his musical apprenticeship at the age of five. By the time he was eight he had become a student of Prof. Yrjö Slin at the Sibelius Academy. From 1962 to 1964 he attended Paul Tortelier’s master class at the Paris Conservatoire, crowning his studies with a First Prize. Two years later, he won international fame by winning the Second Prize at the Tschaikovsky Competition.

Arto Noras plays regularly with the greatest orchestras and conductors of the world. His repertoire includes nearly the whole cello literature. He is also renowned for his chamber music performances. He has played with the most famous musicians of the world.

The long list of his CDs includes also works especially composed for him. Recently he recorded a piece by Krzysztof Penderecki.

His long career as a teacher, his innumerable master classes given all over the world and his activities as a member of international competition juries have widely contributed to the development of music for cello, in
Finland as well as in many other countries.

Arto Noras is the founder and Artistic Director of the Naantali Music Festival. He also founded the International Paulo Cello Competition.