Osmo Vänskä appointed as Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s Honorary Conductor

20 March 2017

Osmo Vänskä has been appointed as the Honorary Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, it was announced today at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík. 

A familiar figure to Icelandic concertgoers, Vänskä has been the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor since 2014 and was their Chief Conductor from 1993 to 1996. Recently he conducted his 58th concert with the orchestra. Together they have recorded two award-winning CDs, both featuring music by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs. His work with the orchestra has been widely praised both locally and internationally.   

Commenting on the announcement, Osmo Vänskä said: “I am really happy to continue my involvement with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and to be connected to this wonderful country”. 

Executive Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir went on to say: "It is a true honour for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and a recognition of the work we do that Osmo Vänskä has accepted the title as our Honorary Conductor. As the orchestra´s Chief Conductor in 1993-1996 Osmo showed the orchestra its true potential and raised the artistic bar. He is, without a doubt, one of the most important conductors this orchestra works with. We certainly look forward to making music with Osmo in the future."

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