May 26, 2016

Santtu-Matias Rouvali named chief conductor of Sweden’s GSO

Rouvali is currently the chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Rouvali is currently the chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.

Finland’s Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been selected as chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden.

Rouvali will pick up the baton at the beginning of the 2017–18 season.

“With his dynamic youthfulness and phenomenal energy, Santtu-Matias Rouvali represents something we firmly believe to be the future in the world of classical music,” states Sten Cranner, general manager and artistic director of the Gothenburg Symphony.

The 30-year old conductor was recently hailed by The Guardian as “the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition”.

“I am proud to follow in the footsteps of previous principal conductors of the Gothenburg Symphony, Neeme Järvi, Mario Venzago and Gustavo Dudamel among them,” Rouvali comments. “I have enjoyed some fantastic concerts with the orchestra and look forward to making music with these wonderful musicians again this autumn.”

Rouvali made his debut programme at Gothenburg Symphony back in August 2014, with works by Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein.

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