Chief Conductor Designate of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for a term beginning in 2013, and for the year leading up to this its Principal Guest Conductor, Hannu Lintu has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since August 2009. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. Previously he had held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He also works regularly with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and was Artistic Director of its Summer Sounds festival in 2005.
In addition to conducting the leading Finnish orchestras, Maestro Lintu has made guest appearances with the Radio Orchestras in Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid, with a number of orchestras in North and South America (such as the Toronto, Houston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl), in Asia (Seoul, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur) and Australia (the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and others). Later this season he makes his debut with the London Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the NDR Orchestra in Hanover, the Minnesota Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony. He will also take up re-invitations to conduct orchestras in Australia and the United States.
Hannu Lintu studied the piano and cello first at the Turku Conservatory in his native Finland and later the Sibelius Academy. In 1992 he also entered the Sibelius Academy’s conducting class taught by Jorma Panula, Eri Klas and Ilja Musin. He has further been tutored by, among others, Myung Whun Chung at the Music Academy Siena. Winner of the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994, he graduated from the Sibelius Academy in spring 1996.
Discs by Hannu Lintu have been released on the Ondine, Alba, Naxos, Ricordi, Claves, Hyperion and Danacord labels. Many of the discs featuring him as the conductor have won awards both at home and abroad, and his premiere recording of the opera The Mine by Einojuhani Rautavaara was nominated for a Grammy.
Updated 8th September 2012