Sakari Oramo's term as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to end in 2012
collaboration to continue
Sakari Oramo’s term as the seventh Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will end in May 2012. By this time he will have occupied the post for nine years.
“Renewal from time to time is part of the life of the self-critical artist,” says Mr Oramo. “Once I have successfully escorted the FRSO to the new [Helsinki] Music Centre, I reckon I will have done my job as Chief Conductor. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be happy to continue our partnership. The FRSO still means a lot to me, and I would not be the musician I am today were it not for the 21 years I will by then have spent with the orchestra in various capacities.”
Mr Oramo began his career with the FRSO as leader of the orchestra from 1991 to 1994. In 1994 he made his conducting breakthrough before his own orchestra. For the next nine years he was Associate Chief Conductor, taking over from Jukka-Pekka Saraste as Chief Conductor in August 2003.
“Sakari Oramo’s policy as Chief Conductor of the FRSO has been an exemplary interpretation of the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s mission as a promoter and producer of Finnish music,” says YLE programme director Olli-Pekka Heinonen.
“As regards artistic standard and repertoire interest, Sakari Oramo’s term has been magnificent, and we will continue to have a close partnership with him,” adds FRSO General Manager Tuula Sarotie. “We’re planning several concerts a year plus touring and recording projects.”
Under Mr Oramo, the FRSO has won international acclaim for its dynamic performances of both traditional Western and contemporary music. Major projects have included the opera Lulu by Alban Berg, close collaboration with dozens of Finnish composers in the form of commissions and premieres, and the Finnish premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen. The FRSO and Oramo have done a number of foreign tours, taking in the London Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, two extensive tours of Japan, numerous tours of Central Europe, and concerts in, among others, the West African Republic of Benin. Discs by the FRSO and Sakari Oramo have won many Finnish and international awards.
The next premiere by the FRSO under Sakari Oramo is the Clarinet Concerto by Kaija Saariaho in this season’s opening concert at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki on September 8. The next tour will head for Northern Finland on October 9-14.
Tuula Sarotie, General Manager
Tel. +358-40-8442666, tuula.sarotie[at]yle.fi