Hailed as "exacting and exuberant" (The New York Times), Osmo Vänskä is recognized for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires. Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra between 2003 and 2013, Vänskä is internationally in demand as a guest conductor and has received extraordinary acclaim for his work with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He has also developed regular relationships with the Mostly Mozart Festival (New York) and the BBC Proms.
The 2013/14 season brings performances with the San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Symphony.
Recording for BIS, Vänskä gained distinction as a recording artist with his landmark Sibelius cycle with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, described by Gramophone as "the finest survey of the past three decades.