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Jukka-Pekka Saraste

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the exceptional conductors of his generation, demonstrating considerable musical depth and integrity. Having brought the music of Scandinavian composers such as Kaja Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen to greater prominence in the active concert repertoire, Mr. Saraste also has a strong affinity with the sound and style of late romantic music.

Most recent engagements have included, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Chicago Symphony, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Munich Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic the WDR Orchestra Cologne and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. M. Saraste took part in the first Abu Dhabi Classics season with the Sibelius Academy Orchestra. He just conducted a substantial tour leading to all European Music Capitals with the Oslo Philharmonic and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. During the 2009/2010 season Mr Saraste will appear with the WDR Orchestra, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and will go on tour with the Philharmonia and the Lahti Symphony.
His discography includes most notably the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen with the Finnish Radio Orchestra as well as works by Bartok, Dutilleux, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. With the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Saraste launched in 2008 the orchestra's first DVD recording ever, Sibelius' 5th symphony. Another DVD, with Sibelius and Shostakovich, will be launched during the 2009-2010 season.