KALLE KANTTILA, Artist Manager, CEO
Kalle Kanttila is the founder and director of IOA Management. International Opera Artists was established in 2012 and is an agency for opera singers and conductors. It is based in Munich (Germany) & Helsinki (Finland) and provides worldwide services in the field of opera. IOA has rapidly become one of the largest and most significant opera agencies in Europe and it marks itself off from typical European opera agencies thanks to its strong presence also in the USA.
Kalle Kanttila was born in Oulu, Finland. He began his music studies at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music and furthered them at the Zürich Conservatory and the Music Department of University Karlsruhe, Germany.
Before founding IOA, Kalle Kanttila had a career as an opera singer appearing as a tenor soloist at many important opera houses such as the Komische Oper Berlin, National Theater Mannheim, State Opera Wiesbaden, State Opera Darmstadt, State Opera Meiningen, State Opera Nürnberg, State Opera Karlsruhe, Alexander Theater Helsinki, Croatian National Opera, Opera Wuppertal, Schwetzingen Music Festival as well as at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, among many others.
Kalle Kanttila is a jury member at many important singing competitions including the International "Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition", International "Panco Vladigerov" Singing Competiton in Bulgaria, International Concorso Lirico "Salice d'Oro in Italy, International "Lions Singing Competition" at the Opera Festival “Immling” in Germany, International "Zinka Milanov" Singing Competition in Croatia and International "Salvatore Licitra" Competition in Milano. He is also a founder of International "Nuovo Canto" Singing Competition in Milano.
Furthermore, Mr. Kanttila is a much sought-after lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at many master-classes and seminars in Germany and abroad.