Osmo Vänskä Named Minnesota Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate

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For considered one of Vänskä’s closing live shows as Music Director from June 2-4, 2022, he pays tribute to Finnish violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto — who died in February 2022 — by main the world premiere of Kuusisto’s Symphony.

The subsequent weekend, from June 10-12, Vänskä will lead Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which will likely be recorded for BIS as a part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s award-winning Mahler cycle.

Osmo Vänskä joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2003 as its tenth music director. In 2014, he and the orchestra received a Grammy for Greatest Orchestral Efficiency for an album in its Sibelius Symphonies collection.

Upon leaving his present position, Osmo Vänskä will turn out to be the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. The brand new position goals to acknowledge his affect on the Minnesota Orchestra over 19 years as its music director. As conductor laureate, Vänskä will yearly return to conduct the orchestra.

He can even be part of Emil Oberhoffer and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski because the longest-tenured music administrators within the establishment’s historical past.

“The Minnesota Orchestra has been my musical dwelling for nearly 20 years,” commented Vänskä. “It means quite a bit that I’ll proceed making music with my associates within the Minnesota Orchestra and stay linked to the Minnesota audiences who’ve been so receptive and supportive to my musical concepts over so a few years.”

“Osmo’s ongoing legacy is mirrored within the membership of the Orchestra itself. He has introduced so many gifted musicians into the ensemble and developed a exceptional creative cohesiveness and integrity which can carry ahead for years to come back,” mentioned President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. “This new position additionally acknowledges the exceptional partnership he and the Orchestra have established with Minnesota audiences over 20 years.”