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Hannu Lintu

RSO:n ylikapellimestari Hannu Lintu
RSO:n ylikapellimestari Hannu Lintu Picture by: Veikko Kähkönen Hannu Lintu

The 2019/20 season marks Hannu Lintu’s seventh year as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Guest highlights of the 2019/20 season include returns to the Boston and Detroit symphony orchestras, Orchestre de Paris (following an acclaimed debut in 2018), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Lintu also debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Tonkünstler-Orchester. Recent engagements include debuts with the Boston Symphony and Hungarian National Philharmonic orchestras and returns to the Baltimore, St Louis.

and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and NDR Elbphilharmonie.

In May 2019 Lintu was appointed Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, a role which he takes up in January 2022 shortly after his eighth and final season as the FRSO’s Chief Conductor. The appointment follows a series of hugely successful productions including Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’s Kullervo in 2017 and Berg’s Wozzeck in Spring 2019; he also conducts Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in January-February 2020. Lintu also regularly conducts at the

Savonlinna Festival, most recently for productions of Verdi’s Otello (2018) and Sallinen’s Kullervo (2017).

Hannu Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie and Hyperion.
He studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.

  • Autumn concerts of the FRSO to be televised live on the Yle Teema channel

    Karita Mattila and EP Salonen among the season performers.

    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra begins its autumn season on 4 September under somewhat exceptional circumstances. Audiences are now permitted in the hall again, but to ensure sufficient distancing, only around 400 tickets will be sold.

  • Only chamber music at FRSO concerts until further notice – all broadcast live on Yle channels

    Audiences will not be permitted to attend concerts by FRSO.

    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra announced on March 12 that it would continue giving concerts in accordance with the spring season schedule. The concerts would be broadcast live on Yle channels but played to an empty hall. Over the weekend, the management nevertheless decided that a 100-player orchestra working in close proximity would constitute a risk to the musicians’ health Instead, the concerts will, until further notice, consist of music for small ensembles broadcast live on Yle Radio 1 and Yle Areena.

  • Focus on Faust and Dmitri Shostakovich in the FRSO’s 2019/2020 season

    The guest conductors will include Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    The 2019/2020 season of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra opens with Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, a big coproduction by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) and the Helsinki Festival. Also enjoying a special status in the season’s varied symphonic offering are symphonies and concertos of Dmitri Shostakovich’s middle period.