The 2024–25 season is Santtu-Matias Rouvali’s fourth year as principal conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, and he continues as chief conductor of Gothenburg Symphony. He is honorary conductor of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland. In summer 2024, he and the Philharmonia continue their residency in Mikkeli, Finland, and return to the Edinburgh International Festival, performing the Verdi Requiem. He also conducts the New York Philharmonic in two concerts at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Throughout this season and last, Rouvali continues his relationships with top level orchestras and soloists across Europe, including the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and returns to North America for concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
European touring highlights of the season include tours with the Philharmonia to Finland, Estonia, and Spain — conducting works by Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Frank — and with Gothenburg Symphony to Germany and Prague, leading Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. Rouvali and the Philharmonia are also embarking on an extensive tour to Japan with concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other cities where they perform works by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Bartók, Sibelius, and Grieg. They also continue regularly performing in London and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Rouvali is building on his impressive discography. In January 2019 with Gothenburg, he released a celebrated first disc of an ambitious Sibelius cycle, pairing the Symphony No. 1 with the early tone poem En saga. The album won the Gramophone Editor’s Choice award, Choc de Classica, a prize from the German Record Critics, and the prestigious French Diapason d’Or “Decouverte.” In February 2020 they released the second volume, featuring Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 and King Christian II, which was immediately awarded a Choc de Classica award. The third disc — Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 coupled with Pohjola’s Daughter — released in October 2022, was awarded the Radio Classique TROPHÉE and Choc de Classica. Philharmonia Records’s first release — the double-CD album Santtu conducts Strauss — was released in March 2023 following recent releases of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Rouvali and the Philharmonia’s most recent CD — Santtu conducts Mahler — was released in September 2023.