Hannu Lintu took over as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor last autumn on a three-year contract with an extension option. The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), which administers the ensemble, decided to ensure that Lintu would stay on board until at least 2018.
Since the beginning of Lintu’s tenure, the RSO has sought to raise its public profile through, for instance, live concert broadcasts on the Yle Teema TV channel.
Besides his work with the RSO in Helsinki, the 46-year-old Lintu is much in demand internationally. This season he has wielded his baton in Berlin, Toronto and Stockholm. In London he earned a rave review from The Times late last year when he filled in at the last minute for an ailing conductor to lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The RSO’s recent recording of works by György Ligeti, led by Lintu, meanwhile, has earned high praise from The Gramophone among others.
Lintu is the RSO’s eighth chief conductor since its founding in 1927. His predecessors include Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sakari Oramo.