Santtu-Matias Rouvali to conduct Philharmonia
Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Santtu-Matias Rouvali as a principal guest conductor for the 2017/18 season.
By appointing Rouvali and Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, the Orchestra broadens its artistic team under the leadership of principal conductor and artistic advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen – also Finnish.
The previous holder of the principal guest conductor post was Sir Charles Mackerras, until his death in 2010.
Both Rouvali and Hrůša will conduct several concerts a year and contribute to the programming for the Orchestra’s major series in the Philharmonia’s London Season at Southbank Centre, as well as in concerts across the UK and internationally.
“The Philharmonia is a perfectly-shaped orchestra,” Rouvali notes. “Its players can pick up any music, are always prepared and technically very skilful. There are so few orchestras around the world who can get close to that. Now I can conduct them: what more could I wish for? To be in London with Esa-Pekka Salonen as principal conductor is something I can’t wait for. He is a very rich-minded artist, with lots of ideas, and I want to be a part of that.”
Rouvali, 31, has previously conducted the Philharmonia in concerts across the UK.