Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Principal Conductor Designate

Hailed by the Guardian as “the latest sit-up-and-listen talent to emerge from the great Finnish conducting tradition”, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He takes up the position of Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony from the 2017/18 season.

In his final season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic he also makes returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France where he conducts each season, the Bergen Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Bamberger Symphoniker. As Gothenburg’s Chief Conductor designate he conducts two programmes with soloists Marc-André Hamelin and Truls Mørk alongside Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Janáček’s Taras Bulba.

In October he made his debut with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne undertaking a European tour, and returns to Japan in May 2018 with his own orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic, having already visited Japan twice previously to conduct the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In North America this season he made two hugely successful debuts with Cincinnati Symphony and Minnesota orchestras and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This summer he makes his debut at the Verbier Festival, with soloist Martin Fröst and, following successful concerts with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, he makes his debut with the Gewandhausorchester in November.

With future recordings planned in Gothenburg, Rouvali’s latest disc, of Nielsen and Sibelius’ Violin Concertos with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Baiba Skride, was released in summer 2015 on ORFEO. 

As Chief Conductor in Tampere he has conducted Verdi’s La forza del destino with Tampere Opera and his next project with them, in spring 2018, is a world premiere of Olli Kortekangas’ My Brother’s Keeper (Veljeni vartija) with Tampere Opera.

Rouvali studied at the Sibelius Academy before making his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which led to rapid engagements throughout the Nordic region and beyond.