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Chief Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Highlights of Hannu Lintu’s 2013/14 season include appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Toronto Symphony orchestras; MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa; plus debuts with the Orchestre national de Lyon and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In the USA he returns to the Houston Symphony and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

2013/14 marks Hannu Lintu’s first season as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Until summer 2013 he held the positions of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. He has previously held Artistic Director positions with the Helsingborg Symphony and Turku Philharmonic orchestras.

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"The Andris Nelsons Brahms cycle began without Andris Nelsons… the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu came to the rescue. And it was quite some rescue. The Philharmonia, who clearly warmed to Lintu, played at their outstanding best for him. This was one of the most compelling performances of the C minor Symphony this hall has heard in quite some time. He conducted with such an impassioned and longsighted grasp of the work’s momentum — its majesty, the shaping of its organic life from start to finish — that one’s concentration didn’t flag for a split second. All the disruptions, the shifts of pacing and the changes of tempo fell effortlessly into place, charged by an energy and confidence born of a profound understanding of the work…. A revelatory evening, then, of fierce energies and hallowed spaces. Lintu must return soon." (Hilary Finch, The Times, October 2013)

“Lintu led the orchestra through the landscape of Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 with remarkable delicacy. Although his tempo was quick, themes seemed to develop with unhurried inevitability. He and the orchestra sculpted wonderful sonorities with careful balance.” (Joan Reinthaler, Baltimore Sun, February 2013)

“Lintu made a powerful statement in this elusive,not-easy-to-like work, paying as much attention to the big moments as the small ones. Although he led with minute control, the playing seemed very free and immediate, with the orchestra giving him its best.” (Denver Post, June 2011)

“Once upon a time it was Germany that produced the most talented conductors. Now, it is Finland. Wednesday night's Grant Park Music Festival concert brought the return of Hannu Lintu, a dynamic Finnish conductor who's making a name for himself around the world, and for good reason. The 42-year-old maestro is immensely assured on the podium and he knows how to put his mark on an orchestra” (Chicago Tribune, July 2010)

“Not unexpectedly, Lintu demonstrated marked affinity for [Sibelius’] most popular symphony and conducted a masterful interpretation. He swept the glorious music forward with headlong gestures, yet shrewdly applied rubato to exploit the full power of certain moments” (Houston Chronicle, March 2010)

“He's a conjurer who whips his way through grand gestures and coaxes subtle adjustments in motion. His phrasing and accents are remarkable.” (Grand Rapids Press, April 2009)





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Hannu Lintu conducts NAC Orchestra Ottawa and Houston Symphony
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Hannu Lintu debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra in Brahms
Hannu Lintu begins tenure as Chief Conductor of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Hannu Lintu returns to Grant Park Festival to conduct three concerts
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra tours to Spain and Italy with Chief Conductor-designate Hannu Lintu
Hannu Lintu conducts Houston Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras
Hannu Lintu returns to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu debuts with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Angela Hewitt
Hannu Lintu begins term as Principal Guest Conductor of Finnish Radio Symphony
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