He is a frequent guest in several key cities and has toured at prestigious venues from New York to Sydney. Acclaimed performances include Glück’s Iphigénie en Tauride (Pylade) at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and semi-staged performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Peter Sellars, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. As a fervent champion of contemporary music, Topi is regularly invited to perform new works by composers including Peter Eötvös, Nico Muhly, renowned Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu, whose Mora was written for Topi and recorded in Spring 2017, and Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay, which he performed in Zürich’s Tonhalle and Melbourne. At the Salzburg Festival, he appeared as the ‘Stuttering Prophet’ in Peter Eötvös’ Oratorium Balbulum with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding. In spring 2019, he was the Creature in Mark Gray’s new opera, Frankenstein, commissioned by La Monnaie/De Munt. He features in numerous audio and video recordings, having been nominated twice for a Grammy.
Alongside his artistic work, Lehtipuu enjoys a career as artistic consultant and curator. He was Director of the Helsinki Festival from 2015 to 2018 as well as Artistic Director of Turku Music Festival and Joroinen Music Days chamber music festival from 2010 to 2015. www.maestroarts.com