In the 2018–19 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continues his positions as chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as his longstanding post as chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland.
Mr. Rouvali has regular relationships with several orchestras across Europe, including the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In addition to making his Munich Philharmonic deut this season, he returns to North America for concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Following his Nordic tour with Hélène Grimaud last season, the Gothenburg Symphony is back on the road in February 2019 for a tour stopping in major centers in Germany and Austria with pianist Alice Sara Ott and percussionist Martin Grubinger, who premieres a new percussion concerto by Daníel Bjarnason. Mr. Rouvali looks forward to other ambitious touring projects with his orchestras in the future, including appearances in North America and Japan.
In addition to the extensive tour, Mr. Rouvali’s season in Gothenburg opened with Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony and Víkingur Ólafsson performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, and throughout the season he collaborates with violinists Janine Jansen, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Baiba Skride.
As another cornerstone to his tenure in Gothenburg, he is adding his mark to the orchestra’s impressive recording legacy. In partnership with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Baiba Skride, a recording featuring Bernstein, Korngold, and Rozsa violin concertos was released in autumn 2018. This continues his collaboration with Ms. Skride, which previously included concerts by Nielsen and Sibelius with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in summer 2015.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. Highlights of the tenure include a Sibelius symphony cycle in the autumn of 2015, and the orchestra’s first tour to Japan, in the spring of 2017, where they were accompanied by an exhibition of original Moomin drawings by Tove Jansson to mark the opening of the new museum at the Tampere Hall. Mr. Rouvali opens the 2018–19 season with a Beethoven program featuring pianist Javier Perianes.
Alongside his busy symphonic conducting career, as chief conductor in Tampere, he has conducted Verdi’s La forza del destino and, in the spring of 2018, the World Premiere of Olli Kortekangas’s My Brother’s Keeper (Veljeni vartija) with Tampere Opera.
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