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

 

Highlights of Lintu’s 2016/17 season include appearances with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and in North America with the St Louis Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Detroit Symphony orchestras. Lintu returns to Savonlinna Opera Festival in July 2017 to conduct Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo, and in May 2017 he conducts Sibelius’ Kullervo in a special project with Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Recent engagements have included the The Cleveland and Gulbenkian orchestras, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the BBC Scottish Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras.

Chief Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

 

Highlights of Lintu’s 2016/17 season include appearances with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and in North America with the St Louis Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Detroit Symphony orchestras. Lintu returns to Savonlinna Opera Festival in July 2017 to conduct Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo, and in May 2017 he conducts Sibelius’ Kullervo in a special project with Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Recent engagements have included the The Cleveland and Gulbenkian orchestras, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the BBC Scottish Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras. In 2015 he conducted a complete cycle of Sibelius’ symphonies in Tokyo with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic, and toured Austria in January 2016 with violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since August 2013, Hannu Lintu previously held the positions of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony and Turku Philharmonic orchestras.

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Reviews

“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)

“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)