Following an initial four year contract, Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali signs for a further four years as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Sweden.
"I am delighted and excited to continue the wonderful relationship with this fantastic orchestra," says Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali began his tenure as Chief Conductor in 2017 and the new contract extends to 2025. Says Sten Cranner, General Manager and Artistic Director of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: "We are thrilled about the magnificent artistic outcome of this rare partnership which now has a solid ground to stand on for many years to come."
The inspired collaboration has led to a long series of successful concerts, loved by the audiences and praised by the critics. Tours in Scandinavia, Germany and Austria have impressed the international music world and spread the message of the unique rapport between conductor and orchestra. The team’s first volume of Sibelius’ complete symphonies (Alpha Classics) has received rave reviews and prestigious awards, including the Diapason d'or, Choc Classica, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
On Thursday 23 May, Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Opening of the new four-day Point Music Festival in Gothenburg, with Richard Strauss’ Sinfonia domestica and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No 1, featuring Patricia Kopatchinskaja as soloist.
The festival programme is available here: www.pointmusicfestival.com
In another career move Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been appointed new Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (from 2021/2022) where he is presently Principal Guest Conductor. This parallel development will be beneficial to both parties in expanding the musical scope and reach of two orchestras lead by the charismatic Santtu-Matias Rouvali. His first principal conductorship, which he still holds, is with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.