When Tuulia Ylönen was asked to become the new artistic director of the Crusell Festival, she was surprised, even though she had been attending the festival for years: first as a master class clarinettist student, and then as a teacher and performing artist. Now, in her role as artistic director, she is excited about the upcoming festival. “There’s a positive buzz in town during the festival. Concerts are within walking distance, which makes the festival feel very intimate,” she says. The location by the sea near the Turku archipelago – arguably one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world – adds its own special touch to the musical experience.