- Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation, demonstrating remarkable musical depth and integrity. He began his training as a conductor with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and has actively seeked to bring the music of Finnish composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen to greater prominence in the international concert repertoire. Saraste's engagements have included the major North American and European orchestras and he conducted, for example, the first piece of the opening-night program at Helsinki's new concert hall.
At the beginning of the 2010/11 season, Saraste became the chief conductor of the Cologne Radio (WDR) Symphony Orchestra. Since August 2006 he has also held the post of chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. His previous positions include principal conductorships of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987-2001) and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1994-2001), as well as principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2002-05). He was also artistic advisor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, founded the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and is one of the three founding member of the Chamber Orchestra Avanti! On top of this, Saraste is the artistic advisor of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra as well as the annual Tammisaari Festival.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste's extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as works by Bartók, Dutilleux, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. With the Oslo Philharmonic in 2008, he launched that orchestra's DVD recording career conducting Sibelius's First and Fifth Symphonies. His recent CD recordings of Mahler's Sixth Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic and Ninth Symphony with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra have received widespread acclaim. Jukka-Pekka Saraste has received several prized, including the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2000.
Further information at Jukka-Pekka Saraste's homepage.