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Hannu Lintu


A rising star in the constellation of brilliant young Finnish conductors, Hannu Lintu will assume the position of Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2009. Working extensively around the globe, he has been hailed consistently for his grasp of the repertoire and highly original interpretations. In the United States, Mr. Lintu has appeared with the Chicago Symphony at Grant Park, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Pacific Symphony and the Utah Symphony. Upcoming debuts include the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Among Mr. Lintu's numerous guest engagements outside the United States are the Barcelona Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Ensemble InterContemporain, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Prague Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Zealand Symphony (on tour), as well as all the major orchestras in his native Finland. Festival appearances include the Adelaide Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Flanders Festival, and the Golden Autumn Festival in Beijing.

Equally successful in opera, Hannu Lintu has conducted several productions for the Finnish National Opera including Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Wagner's Parsifal, Aulis Sallinen's King Lear, Kalevi Aho's Before We Are All Drowned, and most recently a new opera by Mikko Heiniö, The Snake's Moment. Elsewhere, he has conducted a concert performance of Gianni Schicchi at the Grant Park Festival in Chicago, recorded Tauno Pylkkänen's opera Mare and Her Son with the Estonian National Opera, and conducted The Magic Flute for the Savonlinna Opera in Finland.

With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra and the Danish National Orchestra, Mr. Lintu has released CDs of works by Rautavaara, Saariaho and Luca Francesconi for Ondine and Naxos. He has made two recordings with the Helsingborg Symphony for Danacord: The Sound of Shakespeare and the two piano concertos of Shostakovich with pianist Oleg Marshev. Recent releases include works by the Finnish composer Jouni Kaipainen with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra for Ondine and works by Schumann, Dietrich, Gernsheim and Volkmann on Hyperion with the Berlin Radio Orchestra.
Hannu Lintu