Hannu Lintu Conductor

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Hannu Lintu studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under the direction of Jorma Panula. After winning first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen 1994, he followed the masterclasses of Muyng-Whun Chung at the Chigiana Academy in Siena. He has been the musical director of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2012 and recently conducted Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. In 2019, he was named musical director of the Finnish National Opera, a post he will assume in August 2021. That nomination follows a long period of collaboration with the company (Tristan und Isolde in 2016, Sibelius’ Kullervo in 2017, Wozzeck in 2019, Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020) which will continue with The Ring Cycle in 2022. Hannu Lintu performs regularly at the Savonlinna Festival and he has made guest appearances leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Montreal, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, as well as the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, and the NDR Elbphilharmonie. He has recorded all of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough, as well as Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Rautavaara’s Kaivos, the symphonies of Lutoslawski and Enescu, Bartók’s violin concertos with Christian Tetzlaff, and the works of Kaija Saariaho with baritone Gerald Finley and harpist Xavier de Maistre.

Hannu Lintu is making his Paris Opera debut

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