Hannu Lintu to be Finnish Radio Orchestra's Chief Conductor

Published 14.12.2010

Hannu Lintu is to be the eighth Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mr Lintu has extensive international experience and a passionate relationship with music. The Helsinki Music Centre scheduled for completion in the centre of Helsinki in spring 2011 and the various YLE channels are, according to him, a unique opportunity to bring the FRSO closer to every Finn.

“I am thrilled that my many years of inspiring collaboration with the FRSO musicians will, under this agreement, continue in a natural way, and I am proud to be able to follow, as Chief Conductor, the great Finnish conductors who have contributed to the shaping of this magnificent orchestra,” he says.

Hannu Lintu begins his term on 1 August 2013. The contract is for three years with an optional two-year extension. Before taking over as Chief Conductor proper he will be the FRSO’s Principal Guest Conductor for the 2012/13 season. Sakari Oramo’s term as Chief Conductor of the FRSO ends in spring 2012.

“Though the FRSO will be sharpening its profile even further on the international circuit, its core mission is to carry out the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s role of safeguarding Finnish culture,” Lintu says. “It is the FRSO’s job to be innovative and to keep its finger on the pulse of the times. The Finnish Broadcasting Company has, through its commitment, made the Helsinki Music Centre a reality. I’ve been impressed by the directors’ concern for the orchestra’s future and by its support for the orchestra’s presence in the YLE media. The FRSO will be exploring new ways of approaching audiences of all ages both in the concert hall and on all the YLE channels. In addition to pursuing Finland’s keenest programming policy, it will, in the future, also try to lower the threshold to classical music, to make it increasingly accessible.”

Ville Vilén, the YLE director of programmes responsible for the FRSO as of 1 January 2011, readily agrees with Hannu Lintu’s views on how to develop the FRSO. “We want to bring the FRSO closer to listeners, making widespread use of YLE’s media expertise on the radio, television and the net. Hannu Lintu has an exceptionally creative talent for building up repertoire and conducting,” Vilén reports.

Hannu Lintu is at present Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and the Turku Philharmonic. He studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Eri Klas and Ilja Musin at the Sibelius Academy 1992-96 and in 1994 was the winner of the Nordic Conducting Competition. In recent years he has won himself an established international position in the world of music. His engagements this season include appearances in Toronto, Sydney, Houston and Hong Kong, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Sakari Oramo, the FRSO’s present Chief Conductor, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, its Honorary Conductor, will continue to collaborate closely with the Orchestra during Lintu’s term as Chief Conductor. Oramo was preceded as Chief Conductor of the orchestra formed in 1928 by Toivo Haapanen, Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Paavo Berglund, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Hannu Lintu will be conducting the closing concert of the FRSO’s autumn season at Finlandia Hall at
7 pm on 15 December.