Biography

“The bandoneon is an incredible instrument. In the hands of a skillful master it weeps, sings, screams out of passion and sometimes whispers with a hoarse voice. Henrik Sandås is a true master of the art of playing the bandoneon. In his playing both feeling and expression are always strongly present. Overall, this is made possible through the unprecedented technical virtuosity of Sandås.”

Jussi Mattila, Savon Sanomat 20.9.2016

Henrik Sandås and his bandoneon have a unique place on today’s international music scene. He has fascinated audiences throughout Europe and South-America with his universal musicianship and haunting interpretations. He has quickly established a reputation as one of Finland’s leading tango nuevo specialists and is also increasingly making his mark as arranger of music for different ensembles. He has also commissioned and premiered several works by contemporary Finnish and international composers, e.g. Øyvind Mæland, timothy Page, Markku Klami, Kirmo Lintinen, Jukka Linkola, Matti Laukkanen, Iikka Kotaja and Kari Ikonen.

Sandås has performed in Finland, Sweden, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Estonia, Latvia and Russia as solo recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician. He has played as soloist together with UMO Jazz Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, the Orchestra of the Aachen Opera, Solti Chamber Orchestra, Seinäjoki City Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikkeli Orchestra, Lohja City Orchestra and Sinfonietta Lentua. He is also regularily invited to perform as soloist or together with different ensembles at music festivals in Finland and abroad. Such festivals include e.g. Lux Musicae, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Korsholm Music Festival, Buenos Aires Tango Festival, SibaFest, Días Nordicos, Brahe Classica, Flow Festival, Jyväskylä Festival, Chamber Summer Festival, Ruska Swing and the World of Tango Festival.

Singers Grace Jones, Martin Alvarado, Patricio Arroyo, Daniel Bonilla-Torres, Jyrki Anttila and Angelika Klas, violinists Elina Vähälä, Daniel Rowland and Antti Heermann, pianists Heini Kärkkäinen, Matilda Kärkkäinen and Henri Sigfridsson, bandoneonist-composer Marcelo Nisinman, flutist-conductor Patrick Gallois, guitarist Alberto Mesirca, clarinetist Lauri Sallinen, contrabassist Zoran Markovič, Artende and Astoria string quartets and jazz-trumpetist Verneri Pohjola have worked together with Sandås. Sandås plays a bandoneon buildt by Alfred Arnold in 1928.

Future engagements include e.g. a number of concerts at various music festivals in Finland and abroad and also several recording projects.