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Performer: Sakari Oramo

Sakari Oramo (born 1965 in Helsinki) is Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Co-Founder and Principal Conductor of West Coast Kokkola Opera.

He recently signed a new four year contract with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO), lasting until spring 2015, with an option for three more years after that. The work with the RSPO is a long-term commitment, dedicated at developing and further profiling the unique sound of the orchestra. Oramo has also been appointed as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, succeediing Jirí Belohlávek. Oramo's first performance in this role will be at the 2013 BBC Proms, followed by four concerts in the orchestra’s 2013–14 Barbican season.

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo started his professional career in the early 1990’s as violin soloist, chamber musician and concert master of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO). After simultaneous studies in Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy, the focus of his musicianship shifted into conducting virtually overnight, after having stepped in to conduct the FRSO at short notice in January 1993. He was subsequently appointed as the orchestra’s Associate Principal Conductor and since 2003 has held the position of Music Director. Oramo’s name was catapulted onto the wider international scene when he was invited to become Sir Simon Rattle’s successor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a position which he took up in 1998 and held for a decade.

In September 2008 Sakari Oramo succeed Alan Gilbert as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. As he commences his fourth season in Stockholm, Oramo has already led the orchestra through a series of high profile projects and engagements which have included international tours and many widely acclaimes cd recordings. In the UK the Guardian described the recordings of the Schuman symphonies (Sony) as “exhilarating and vividly dramatic” and the BBC Music Magazine wrote “These are impressive accounts, with Oramo coaxing some outstanding playing from his fine Swedish orchestra”.

Recently discs with violinists Daniel Hope and Baiba Skride on Deutsche Grammophon and Orfeo respectively. The 2010 performance at the Nobel Prize Concerts featuring Sakari Oramo, the RSPO and Joshua Bell was released on DVD by Accentus Music/Nobel Media. Released in 2011 was, among others, a trilogy of orchestral works by Hillborg on the BIS label. The project, which also features conductors Alan Gilbert and Esa Pekka Salonen, will be the first, full-length CD championing Hillborg’s major orchestral works.

In 2006, together with his wife and long-standing artistic soulmate soprano Anu Komsi and her colleague Annika Mylläri, Oramo founded an opera company in the Finnish West Coast town of Kokkola. West Coast Kokkola Opera (WCKO) has already established a leading position in the Finnish alternative opera field, as opposed to the "official" National Opera and the Savonlinna festival. Their productions, The Marriage of Figaro, Fledermaus, an Italian church opera double-bill, Alban Berg´s Lulu, Sebastian Fagerlund’s new commission Döbeln (also available on a BIS recording) and Carmen have all profited from a creative approach to opera as an artform suitable for everyone, and high musical quality. In 2011, WCKO staged Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Sakari Oramo has led performances with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.

Sakari Oramo has received Honorary Doctorates from both the University of Central England and Birmingham University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the musical life of the city and in 2009 he received an Honorary OBE from HM the Queen in recognition of his services to music.
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StockholmDvořák 7

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Tarkiainen, Strawinsky, Barber, Dvořák
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Sakari Oramo; Johanna Wallroth

StockholmRavel: Bertrand Chamayou

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Sakari Oramo; Bertrand Chamayou

PragueSakari Oramo conducts Dvořák & Sibelius

© Benjamin Ealovega
Dvořák, Sibelius
Czech Philharmonic; Sakari Oramo; Jan Martiník
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StockholmElgar's Cockaigne

© Benjamin Ealovega
Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town), Orchester-Ouvertüre, Op. 40
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Sakari Oramo

StockholmMozart's Symphony no. 40

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart: Symphonie Nr. 40 in g-Moll, KV550
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Sakari Oramo

StockholmSchumann's Symphony no. 3

© Benjamin Ealovega
Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 3 in Es-Dur "Rheinische", Op.97
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Sakari Oramo
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Magnus Lindberg und Anu Komsi beschenken das BBC SO reichlich

Anu Komsi © Mark Allan
Das britische Orchester beweist, wie uns zeitgenössische Kompositionen vor allem in Verbindung mit zum Nachdenken anregenden Texten inspirieren können.

Sakari Oramo elektrisiert beim Mozartfest Würzburg

Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Das Ostrobothian Chamber Orchester zeigt unter Oramo eine musikalische Kraft und Begeisterungsfähigkeit, die nicht viele Dirigenten aus einem Klangkörper holen können.

Anrührende Herzenswärme: Vilde Frang in Zürich

Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Sakari Oramo und das BBCSO boten mit Vilde Frang als Solistin eine breite Palette an Werken, von Beethoven über Britten, hin zu Anna Clynes.

NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester betört mit Elgar

Eine besondere und interessante Werkauswahl erwartete mich an diesem Abend in der Laeiszhalle. Mit der 1. Symphonie von Edward Elgar die das NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester unter der Leitung des finnischen Dirigenten Sakari Oramo spielte. Für das Violinkonzert von Benjamin Britten kam die junge norwegische Geigerin Vilde Frang als Solistin hinzu.

Königliches Gastspiel

Unter dem Taktstock von Sakari Oramo gab die Königliche Philharmonie aus Stockholm ihr jährliches Gastspiel in Göteborg. Neben einem Stück von Anders Hillborg wurde mit der Fünften Symphonie von Sergej Prokofjew und Sibelius' Violinkonzert groß aufgespielt.

Alwyn's Miss Julie rescued from the operatic desert

Anna Patalong and Benedict Nelson in Miss Julie © BBC | Tom Howard
William Alwyn's operatic take on Strindberg is rarely performed – a complete mystery considering this excellent concert staging at the Barbican by the BBCSO under Sakari Oramo.