Hannu Lintu
Conductor

“Lintu conducted with such an impassioned and longsighted grasp of the work’s momentum. A revelatory evening of fierce energies and hallowed spaces.” (The Times)

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Biography

Chief Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

The 2017/18 season marks Hannu Lintu’s fifth year as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A concert tour to Russia and a performance of Väinö Raitio’s Princess Cecilia at the Helsinki Festival – part of celebrations marking 100 years of Finnish independence – were among last season’s highlights, and on 6 December 2017 the Orchestra honours both its 90th anniversary and 100-year-old Finland with premieres of newly commissioned works by longtime FRSO collaborator Magnus Lindberg and Lotta Wennäkoski. Other forthcoming engagements include performances of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Beethoven’s Fidelio, and a concert tour to Spain and Germany with cellist Sol Gabetta

Chief Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

The 2017/18 season marks Hannu Lintu’s fifth year as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A concert tour to Russia and a performance of Väinö Raitio’s Princess Cecilia at the Helsinki Festival – part of celebrations marking 100 years of Finnish independence – were among last season’s highlights, and on 6 December 2017 the Orchestra honours both its 90th anniversary and 100-year-old Finland with premieres of newly commissioned works by longtime FRSO collaborator Magnus Lindberg and Lotta Wennäkoski. Other forthcoming engagements include performances of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Beethoven’s Fidelio, and a concert tour to Spain and Germany with cellist Sol Gabetta

Highlights of the 2017/18 season see Lintu return to the Tokyo Metropolitan, Washington’s National, Dallas and Detroit symphony orchestras. He also makes his debut with the Naples Philharmonic, Singapore and Hiroshima symphony orchestras. Recent engagements include the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the St Louis, Baltimore and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as three acclaimed European debuts: Staatsorchester Stuttgart Opera, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. 

A regular in the pit, Lintu returns to the Savonlinna Opera Festival in July 2018 to conduct Verdi’s Otello – in 2017 he conducted Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo at Savonlinna as well as Sibelius’s Kullervo for the Finnish National Opera and Ballet as part of their special collaborative project with director/choreographer Tero Saarinen. Previous productions with Finnish National Opera include Parsifal, Carmen, Sallinen’s King Lear, and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in spring 2016. Lintu has also worked with Tampere Opera and Estonian National Opera.

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Jane Brown +44 (0)20 3725 9129
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Reviews

“No other conductor – including several distinguished Sibelians – I have heard in this music has been quite so willing to show what makes [Kullervo] so original. Where others have attempted to connect it to the main, canonic body of Sibelius’s output, Lintu shows how it stands apart, and how if the composer had continued in this vein he might have become a sort of Finnish Bartók … A conductor given to big gestures, he drew a performance of gripping sweep, and playing of surging, full-blooded warmth.” (John Allison, Opera Magazine, May 2017)

“At an hour long, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 needs an overarching vision to bring it all together. Lintu had no problem providing a clear-eyed sober view. It received an almost flawless performance from Lintu and the orchestra. Lintu handled the Classical beauties of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with grace and ease, in a fine prelude to the epic sorrows of the Shostakovich.” (Sarah Bryan Miller, St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 2015)

“Guest conducting the Cleveland Orchestra… Lintu made sure his name is one listeners will remember. Leading well-known works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, Lintu seized on elements of drama and excitement to craft truly distinguished performances fuelled by seemingly boundless reserves of vitality.” (Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer, January 2015)

“No other conductor – including several distinguished Sibelians – I have heard in this music has been quite so willing to show what makes [Kullervo] so original. Where others have attempted to connect it to the main, canonic body of Sibelius’s output, Lintu shows how it stands apart, and how if the composer had continued in this vein he might have become a sort of Finnish Bartók … A conductor given to big gestures, he drew a performance of gripping sweep, and playing of surging, full-blooded warmth.” (John Allison, Opera Magazine, May 2017)

“At an hour long, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 needs an overarching vision to bring it all together. Lintu had no problem providing a clear-eyed sober view. It received an almost flawless performance from Lintu and the orchestra. Lintu handled the Classical beauties of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with grace and ease, in a fine prelude to the epic sorrows of the Shostakovich.” (Sarah Bryan Miller, St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 2015)

“Guest conducting the Cleveland Orchestra… Lintu made sure his name is one listeners will remember. Leading well-known works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, Lintu seized on elements of drama and excitement to craft truly distinguished performances fuelled by seemingly boundless reserves of vitality.” (Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer, January 2015)

“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)