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Pietari Inkinen

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


As guest conductor, Pietari Inkinen works with orchestras including Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bayerische Rundfunk, WDR Cologne, Maggio Musicale, La Scala Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, CBSO and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Inkinen enjoys successful collaborations with soloists such as Vadim Repin, Hilary Hahn, Pinchas Zukerman, Nikolaj Znaider, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Toradze, and Elisabeth Leonskaya. In the operatic pit, he has conducted three productions at the Finnish National Opera including Eugene Onegin and he made a very successful debut at La Monnaie in Brussels conducting the Rite of Spring with the Pina Bausch Dance Company after which he was immediately re-invited. In spring 2012 he has been invited to make his debut at Bayerische Staatsoper and Berlin Staatskapelle conducting Eugene Onegin.

In the studio, his recordings for Naxos with the New Zealand and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras including Rautavaara’s Manhattan Trilogy, Music by Sibelius and the Brahms Violin Concerto have been greeted with critical acclaim. Gramophone said of the most recent release of music by Sibelius:

"Here’s further proof that Pietari Inkinen is a young conductor with confidence and talent to spare … the New Zealand SO respond with conspicuous poise and application for their Finnish chief (they really do sound like a rejuvenated band). Inkinen’s readings, too, show a real feeling for the idiom: phrases are shaped – and textures sifted – with fastidiousness and imagination, and he brings abundant recreative flair and cogent grip to the task in hand…"

His recording for EMI of Wagner arias and orchestral pieces with Simon O’Neil was released this summer to critical acclaim and in the autumn Naxos will release his complete cycle of Sibelius Symphonies with the NZSO. His recording with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic received outstanding reviews and was voted the BBC Music Magazine’s recording of the month.

Inkinen is also an accomplished violinist and studied at the Cologne Music Academy with Zakhar Bron. He has appeared as soloist with many of the leading Finnish Orchestras including Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic with whom he performed the Sibelius Concerto in a concert that celebrated the 100th anniversary of their performance of the work and has play/directed orchestras including Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, RAI Torino, Norrkopings Symphony and Orchestre National de Lyon. He also enjoys chamber music collaborations and has appeared with the Inkinen Trio at the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. Inkinen plays a Carlo Bergonzi violin (c.1732) owned by the Gyllenberg Foundation.