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Santtu-Matias Rouvali

© Kaapo Kamu
© Kaapo Kamu

Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali is the Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony, a position he will maintain until 2025 and, from the 2021/22 season, will also be the Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra. At 33-years old he is one of the youngest-ever artists appointed as Principal Conductor of a London orchestra.

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Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with the Royal Stockholm Phil
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GothenburgFriends and colleagues: Sibelius and Nielsen

Sibelius, Lindberg, Nielsen
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Anu Komsi

GothenburgFriends and colleagues: Sibelius and Nielsen

Sibelius, Lindberg, Nielsen
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Anu Komsi

GothenburgShostakovich, Prokofiev and Mosolov

Mosolov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Fumiaki Miura
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Finnish fresh air: Rouvali and the Philharmonia on top form

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Camilla Greenwell

A breath of Finnish fresh air blew onto the London music scene with the announcement from the Philharmonia Orchestra of the appointment of Santtu-Matias Rouvali as their new Principal Conductor from 2021. 

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Ravel’s playful sound worlds with Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott © Esther Haase | Deutsche Grammophon
In which Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Gothenburg Symphony seek out a contrast with the dark sound colours of Sibelius.
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France 2 – 0 Finland: Rouvali and the Philharmonia

Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
Maurice Ravel met Jean Sibelius at the Royal Festival Hall for a programme to which each composer contributed a waltz, but the musical terrain was anything but a level playing field. 
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