Hannu Lintu

2013/14 marks Hannu Lintu’s first season as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Until summer 2013 he held the positions of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. He has previously held Artistic Director positions with the Helsingborg Symphony and Turku Philharmonic orchestras.

Highlights of Hannu Lintu’s 2013/14 season include appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, and Toronto Symphony orchestras; MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa; plus debuts with the Orchestre national de Lyon and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In the USA he returns to the Houston Symphony and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements elsewhere have included the Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras; the Sydney Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine; as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras.

Recent operatic projects have included Tannhäuser with Tampere Opera in spring 2012, while in summer 2014 Lintu will conduct Sallinen’s Kullervo at Savonlinna Opera Festival. Regularly appearing with Finnish National Opera, Lintu has conducted several productions including Wagner’s Parsifal directed by Harry Kupfer, Bizet’s Carmen, and Aulis Sallinen’s King Lear. He has also worked with Estonian National Opera, recording Tauno Pylkkänen’s Mare and her son, and has conducted at both the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Chicago's Grant Park Festival, giving a concert performance of Gianni Schicchi.

Hannu Lintu studied cello, piano and then conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.

Hannu Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, Naxos, Danacord and Hyperion, with whom he recently recorded Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra featuring soloist Angela Hewitt. Other recent recordings include works by Enescu and Jouni Kaipainen with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and Schumann, Dietrich, Gernsheim and Volkmann with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He has received several prizes for his recordings both at home and abroad, including a Grammy nomination in the Best Opera CD category in 2011 plus a Gramophone Award nomination for his recording of Enescu’s Symphony No.2 with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.