Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Rouvali appointed Chief Conductor of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

28 September 2012

Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been announced as the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO). His three year term will begin in August 2013.

Commenting on the appointment, Rouvali said “I am very excited to be taking up my first Chief Conductor position with an orchestra that I have admired since our first concert together. The players have great energy and it’s an honour to continue the work of my predecessors, John Storgårds and Hannu Lintu, and being a major part of the city’s artistic community.”

Rouvali made his debut with the TPO in January 2010 and was immediately re-invited to conduct Dvořák and Stravinsky in December 2011. His next appearance with the orchestra will be in February 2013 for a programme which includes Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto (with Lise de la Salle) and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

In addition to his new role in Tampere, September 2013 will see Rouvali take up the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic – an appointment which immediately followed his debut with the orchestra last year. He is also Artist in Association with Finland’s Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Working regularly with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Hague’s Residente Orkest, this season sees Santtu-Matias Rouvali make his debut with Frankfurt’s hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bergen Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonie and Philharmonia Orchestra. He will also make his first recording for Ondine.

Rouvali takes over from outgoing Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Hannu Lintu, who has just begun his final season with the orchestra.