Hannu Lintu enters his seventh year as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) in the 2019–20 season. Highlights include Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, the second-ever FRSO Festival — devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg — and tour appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Bratislava and Ascona Festivals and in Verona, as well as at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.
In May 2019 he was appointed chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, a role which he commences in January 2022 shortly after his eighth and final season as the FRSO’s chief conductor. Mr. Lintu regularly conducts at the Savonlinna Festival, most recently leading Verdi’s Otello (2018) and Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo (as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, 2017).
Mr. Lintu’s 2019–20 season guest appearances include returns to the Boston, Detroit, and Iceland symphony orchestras, and the Orchestre de Paris and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, and Tonkustler Orchestra. Recent appearances include the Hungarian National and New Japan Philharmonic orchestras; the Baltimore, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Signapore symphony orchestras; Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra.
Mr. Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie, and Hyperion; recent releases include Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz, Lutosławski’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, and works by Kaija Saariaho with Gerald Finley and Xavier de Maistre, all with the FRSO. His recordings have received honors including two ICMA awards, for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018); a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera CD, for Rautavaara’s Kaivos; and Gramophone Award nominations, for Enescu’s Symphony No. 2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Violin Concertos by Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hannu Lintu 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.
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