Artists biographies
Sakari Oramo

Winner of the 2015 RPS Conductor of the Year award, Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, and Principal Conductor of the West Coast Kokkola Opera and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and after a decade as chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has now served as their Honorary Conductor since 2012.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include numerous concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom he champions the promotion of new and rarely performed works – this season he conducts the world premiere of Michael Zev Gordon’s Violin Concerto and the UK premiere of Detlev Glanert’s ‘Megaris’, as well as Schmitt’s ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ joined by actors from Shakespeare’s Globe, and an immersion day into the life and work of French-American composer Edgar Varèse. Further highlights include touring the Baltics with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Janine Jansen, and concerts with Boston Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker and Czech Philharmonic.

Previous seasons’ highlights have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, a European tour with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Lisa Batiashvili, a Sibelius cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Turku Festival as well as concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Wiener Philharmoniker and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. During the summer of 2016 he also conducted several Proms performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including the First and Last Nights at the Royal Albert Hall, having previously conducted the Last Night in 2014.

An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he made his debut in the BBC Proms Chamber Music series, performing Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins with Janine Jansen.

Recent recording successes include the BBC Music Magazine’s Orchestra award for his recording of Nielsen Symphonies No. 1 & 3 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, which completes their highly acclaimed Nielsen cycle. Other highlights include Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony and Javier Perianes and Nørgård’s Symphonies Nos.1 & 8 with Wiener Philharmoniker.

Foto: B. Ealovega Foto: B. Ealovega
Sakari Oramo

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2011