Santtu-Matias Rouvali named Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been named Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Under the leadership of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rouvali is joined by Jakub Hrůša with the same title to complete the Philharmonia’s new artistic team.
Speaking about the announcement, Rouvali said: “The Philharmonia is a perfectly-shaped orchestra. Its players can pick up any music, are always prepared and technically very skilful. Now I can conduct them: what more could I wish for?”
Of his performance with the orchestra in January 2016, The Sunday Times described Rouvali as “the real thing: music unmistakably flows from him”. On 23 April Rouvali returns to the Royal Festival Hall to conduct the Philharmonia in a sold-out Sunday matinee, and looking further ahead, he will conduct Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on 5 October.