Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Conductor

“… he is the real thing: music unmistakably flows from him.” (Sunday Times, January 2016)

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Elise Jennings +44 (0)20 3725 9135

Biography

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor: Copenhagen Phil
Chief Conductor: Gothenburg Symphony (from 2017/18)

 

Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017/18 season.

With an already very established career Rouvali regularly works with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Debuts this season include Bamberger Symphoniker, conducting the orchestra for their Sibelius anniversary celebrations, and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg immediately following a return to the Dresdner Philharmonie. 

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor: Copenhagen Phil
Chief Conductor: Gothenburg Symphony (from 2017/18)

 

Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017/18 season.

With an already very established career Rouvali regularly works with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Debuts this season include Bamberger Symphoniker, conducting the orchestra for their Sibelius anniversary celebrations, and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg immediately following a return to the Dresdner Philharmonie. 

Rouvali’s recordings include a disc with Ondine featuring Hakola and Hosokawa Guitar Concertos with Timo Korhonen and Oulu Symphony Orchestra and his latest release, of Nielsen and Sibelius’ Violin Concertos with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Baiba Skride, was released in summer 2015 on ORFEO.  When reviewing the latter disc for The Guardian, Kate Molleson wrote that Rouvali “…is the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition”.

As an opera conductor, Rouvali has performed Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with West Coast Kokkola Opera, and conducted Verdi’s La Forza del Destino with Tampere Opera this season.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Elise Jennings +44 (0)20 3725 9135

Reviews

“No wonder the applause was tremendous and that many afterward danced on light feet into the evening.” (Göteborgs-Posten, April 2016)

“…he is the real thing: music unmistakably flows from him.” (Sunday Times, January 2016)

“Rouvali conducts full of energy, and is a craftsman in the truest sense of the word.” (Erlanger Nachrichten, December 2015)

“The Tampere orchestra sounds clean, supple and boisterous under its young chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. He, meanwhile, is the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition.” (The Guardian, September 2015)

“Rouvali, 29, a product of the renowned Finnish conducting school in Helsinki, left a long-lasting impression on his Bern debut...Rouvali led the orchestra in a striking and gripping interpretation of Sibelius 1, which expressed the brusqueness and ruggedness of the work.” (Berner Zeitung, January 2015)

“No wonder the applause was tremendous and that many afterward danced on light feet into the evening.” (Göteborgs-Posten, April 2016)

“…he is the real thing: music unmistakably flows from him.” (Sunday Times, January 2016)

“Rouvali conducts full of energy, and is a craftsman in the truest sense of the word.” (Erlanger Nachrichten, December 2015)

“The Tampere orchestra sounds clean, supple and boisterous under its young chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. He, meanwhile, is the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition.” (The Guardian, September 2015)

“Rouvali, 29, a product of the renowned Finnish conducting school in Helsinki, left a long-lasting impression on his Bern debut...Rouvali led the orchestra in a striking and gripping interpretation of Sibelius 1, which expressed the brusqueness and ruggedness of the work.” (Berner Zeitung, January 2015)

“An unforgettable evening which will remain etched in the memory as a peak of musicality… The superb continuity of sound, made possible through the cohesion of the orchestra, was maintained throughout each work by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, without any effort and with, on the contrary, an impassioned and spontaneous enthusiasm.” (bachtrack.com, July 2014)

“Rouvali asks a lot from the Deutsches-Symphony Orchestra, and he does indeed get a great sound from them. The beginning of Sibelius’ Finlandia was menacing, the victory march, however, shines with a brilliant broad sound. Rouvali was also at ease in Béla Bartók’s Dance Suite: he made the multifaceted, idealised peasant music colourful and exciting, fiery without being shy to bring out bright colours.” (Der Tagesspiegel, March 2014)

“Only one word; sensational.” (Aamulehti, March 2014)

“Guest conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali led the orchestra through beautifully crafted interpretations of music by Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius. This was an evening of energetic, fearless music making that mixed decisive interpretations with discipline, a clear understanding of the structure and form of the pieces on the program, and delightfully fresh musical perspectives. Rouvali led Nielsen's "Helios Overture" and Sibelius' Symphony No.1 with a completely winning mix of soaring phrases, exquisitely wrought small details and a clear understanding of the pieces' architecture." (Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 2014)

“Rouvali seems to touch the souls of listeners in an exceptional way. This program yet again proved that Rouvali is a magician speaking through sound.” (Aamulehti, January 2014)

“The Oulu Symphony Orchestra are on fine form throughout and Santtu-Matias Rouvali directs with assurance.” (Guy Rickards, Gramophone, September 2013)

“Santtu-Matias Rouvali showed that he is a percussionist at heart, as he handled complex rhythmical structure and its synchronisations with great aplomb.” (Hufvudstadsbladet, October 2013)

“Under the elegant, flexible conducting of Santtu-Matias Rouvali – just 27 years old – [Saariaho’s] Laterna Magica revealed an abundant sound world: alternately silky and spiky, vibrant and sensual. The audience was plunged into an immersive listening… The orchestra was transformed by the dazzling energy of the young Finnish conductor… in recognition of this wonderful evening, they enthusiastically applauded Rouvali. Already famous in Finland, his incredible talent was greeted most warmly by the Parisian public.” (Michele Tosi, resmusica.com, April 2013)

“Total physical response, fluid conducting movements, technical skill with very clear signalling and analytical penetration of the score, are the best that even experienced conductors hope for in order to create an exceptional musical experience.  Rouvali has all of this, and the resultant sound is as brilliant as it is explosive... It was amazing how Rouvali created the most sophisticated sounds with fine dynamic gradation, by virtue of historically-informed performance practice.  It recreated a little of the striking novelty that the audience must have felt at the work’s premiere... Rouvali’s interpretation of Sibelius’ Symphony No.1 was marked by the utmost vigour, vitality and sound-saturated urgency.  He understands the musical structure with absolute clarity, which leads the music to the very limits of tonal possibilities, and thereby produces elastic phrases of enormous potency… an electrifying performance…rightly cheered at the end.”  (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 2013).

“This is a conductor who not only carries the score in his head, but also carries the music of his homeland in his heart...it is no wonder that the instrumentalists of the orchestra were inspired.” (Fuldaer Zeitung, January 2013)

"Rouvali, who is creating a stir at an international level, showed a great flair for Beethoven with the Egmont Overture. He created beautiful contrasts between the grandeur of the piece and the lyrics with perfectly measured dynamics. He has a fluttering, strongly upward gesture, which enhances the orchestral tone with air and transparency. Dvorak’s Eighth was a passionate performance - atmospheric, elegant, compelling, imposing and exuberant." (NRC Handelsblad, July 2012)

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