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In 2015 Pietari Inkinen became Chief Conductor of Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. In 16/17 he also takes up the role of Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, having held the role of Principal Guest since 2009.  From September 2017 he will become Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and he is also Honorary Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having previously been Music Director from 2008 to 2016. As a guest conductor Inkinen has worked with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic as well as the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include Inkinen’s debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the RSB Berlin as well as performances of a highly successful new production of Eugene Onegin at the Dresden Semperoper.  He also takes the Prague Symphony on tour to Spain and Austria, begins a project to present the Ring in concert version with the Japan Philharmonic with a

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In 2015 Pietari Inkinen became Chief Conductor of Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. In 16/17 he also takes up the role of Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, having held the role of Principal Guest since 2009.  From September 2017 he will become Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and he is also Honorary Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having previously been Music Director from 2008 to 2016.

As a guest conductor Inkinen has worked with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic as well as the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include Inkinen’s debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the RSB Berlin as well as performances of a highly successful new production of Eugene Onegin at the Dresden Semperoper.  He also takes the Prague Symphony on tour to Spain and Austria, begins a project to present the Ring in concert version with the Japan Philharmonic with a performance of Das Rheingold, and conducts the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Orchestra Verdi in Milan.  In autumn 2016 he returns to Melbourne to conduct a revival of Opera Australia’s acclaimed 2013 production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Neil Armfield.  This is the  production which in August 2014 inspired Australia’s Helpmann Awards, recognising artistic excellence throughout Australia’s vibrant performing arts scene, to vote Inkinen as the award winner for Best Music Direction for Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle.

Previously Inkinen has conducted at the Finnish National Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, Staatsoper in Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.  He has conducted Wagner’s Walkure and Das Rheingold in Palermo's Teatro Massimo for which he was awarded Italy’s National Association of Music Critics with the Franco Abbiati Prize for “Best Show” for Das Rheingold. 

Inkinen has recorded widely for Naxos.  The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s complete cycle of Sibelius Symphonies,  the premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Manhattan Trilogy and a further live Sibelius Cycle recorded with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Suntory Hall, have been widely acclaimed.   Inkinen has a large number of other recording credits, including Wagner arias and orchestral pieces with Simon O’Neill and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for EMI, which earned a rare double five-star review from BBC Music Magazine, and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Britten Cello Symphony with Johannes Moser for Haenssler.

Also an accomplished violinist, Inkinen studied at the Cologne Music Academy with Zakhar Bron, winning various awards and prizes for his solo work, before taking further studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.  He continues to enjoy play-directing and performing chamber music with his regular musical partners.

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Reviews

"That is how an opening concert of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele ought to be: exciting, heart-rending and deeply moving: Pietari Inkinen brought Finnish dramatic art into the forum in Ludwigsburg."

Bietigheimer Zeitung, „Finnen erobern das Forum“, Gabriele Szczegulski

"They are much too rarely being performed: The seven symphonies of Jean Sibelius. The fact that the 34 years old Finn Pietari Inkinen could bring to Munich a piece of his big compatriot was already planned when Lorin Maazel was still supposed to conduct the concert. Inkinen took over the programme without any changes, and as also the pieces of Messiaen and Chopin were debut works, the Munich Philharmonic enchanted the audience with the symphony no. 1 e minor op. 39 of the also 34 years old composer in an exemplary performance. Everything was right: the dark-glowing colours of the strings, winds and brass, the steadily fluent but very correct tempi and also the manifold dynamic shadings."

Suddeutsche Zeitung, Klaus Kalchschmid

"... Inkinen’s treatment of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, drawing out some of the most exquisite sounds I have ever heard from the Vancouver Symphony. The first movement was wrapped in a veneer of wistful nostalgia, with the second theme taken at a daringly slow tempo to breathtaking effect. I missed, however, some of the sheer raw power of the movement, especially the brass fanfare that opens the symphony. The elegiac second movement served as an ideal showcase for the orchestra’s exceptional woodwind section, with each player seemingly trying to outdo the others in how ravishingly soft they could play. In contrast, the final two movements were a dazzling, Nutcracker-esque romp that finely displayed the glittering virtuosity of the entire orchestra and sent the audience home on an appropriately festive note."

Bachtrack, By Kevin W Ng

"“Without detracting from the Korean Maestro, there was nothing to regret under the baton of this young Nordic conductor, who conquered the experienced orchestra with his skills and appeal…” (cancellation of Myung Whung Chung with Santa Cecilia March 2016)"

Guerrino Mattei, Avanti Online

""Anyone not there at the performance of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Choir headed by Pietari Inkinen missed something. Because one was surprised by the realization that there is still something to discover. Because Inkinen had obviously studied the score very exactly and found structures in the parts that no one before has discovered – only one small example: The flute that accompanies the first use of the baritone was, for the first time really concise as an emerging partner of the voice. It was very satisfying overall....”"

Thomas Ahnert, Beethovens „Neunte“ als Entdeckungsreise zum neuen Jahr, in: Fränkischer Tag

"After just a year as Chief Conductor (of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele) Pietari Inkinen has become a favourite of the crowd. The Finn walks on to the festival stage and the audience like it . Now Inkinen has extended his contract until 2019 , which will help to further develop this into an exceptional festival because almost all the concerts conducted or designed by Inkinen were sold out. "

Südwest Presse, Schlossfestspiele veröffentlichen Bilanz der laufenden Saison - Pietari Inkinen verlängert Vertrag, Gabriele Szczegulski

"With taking over Messiaen into the programme, the Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen proved his artistic talent for bulky-sweet tonal poems as well as for an oeuvre of his compatriot Jean Sibelius. The young conductor organized the first symphony with the right pathos, without ever drifting over into any romantic sweetness. "

Münchner Merkur, “Lobgesänge”, Anna Schürmer,

"The sight of Inkinen, punching out Beethoven's reiterated shouts of D major freedom, will be with me forever"

William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

"Conducting with an uncommonly deep and youthful momentum and with the deep intensity of a “shooting star” the young, elite Finnish conductor led all the orchestral groups and soloists to achieve excellence"

Saarbruecker Zeitung

"The musicality, energy and commitment showed that such excellence only comes from hard work and superb leadership"

Anne McKinnon, The Dominion Post

"The crowd favorite, though, was Inkinen… he knows how to draw a sensuous, surging sound from the orchestra, his balances were superb, and there was an indefinable energy to it all. He has the potential to be one of the great Wagner conductors of this century.”"

James L. Paulk, Classical Voice North America

"Though Ring cycles have proliferated throughout this Wagner bicentenary year, Opera Australia's is rather special."

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

"The Melbourne Ring Orchestra, under the baton of Pietari Inkinen, is simply marvellous and drew out a multitude of colours across the four nights."

Simon Plant, Herald Sun

"Musically rich, theatrically enthralling, conceptually provoking, and visually gorgeous, this is an auspicious start to Melbourne's first Ring since 1913"

Peter Mccallum, Sydney Morning Herald

"One hardly thinks of New Zealand as a world centre for Wagner performance but under Inkinen the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has set a standard that is rarely surpassed even internationally. It is just a pity that they weren't willing or able to put on the entirety of either opera, but in the meantime this gala served as a superlative stopgap. The sincere hope must be that in his new position of NZSO Honorary Conductor Inkinen will continue to bring artists of this calibre to join him in achieving similar Wagnerian heights of music-making. "

Bachtrack, Simon Holden

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Discography