Another Finn to watch

Sixty years ago, Hungary produced a wildly disproportionate share of the world’s leading conductors: Georg Solti, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati, Fritz Reiner, Ferenc Fricsay.

Today, Finland has become a fertile seedbed of internationally prominent maestri: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Klaus Mäkelä, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, and now, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the 35-year-old timpanist-turned-conductor beginning his tenure as chief conductor of Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Not your stereotypical European maestro, Imogen Tilden finds in an interview with Rouvali for The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/19/philharmonia-principal-conductor-santtu-matias-rouvali-interview

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