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Pietari Inkinen, now working internationally at the highest level, was appointed Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2008.  He has won unanimous praise from audiences and critics both for his performances on tour in New Zealand and for his recordings with the Orchestra on Naxos and for EMI.  In November 2010 Inkinen led the Orchestra on a highly successful tour of European cities including Vienna, Lucerne, Geneva, Frankfurt and Hamburg with Hilary Hahn as soloist.  Pietari Inkinen is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he has held since September 2009. In 2014, Inkinen was announced as the next Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in a position to initially last three years as of 2015. As guest conductor, 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, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, CBSO and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Inkinen also enjoys successful collaborations with soloists such as Vadim Repin, Hilary Hahn, Pinchas Zukerman, Nikolaj Znaider, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Toradze, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Exciting upcoming engagements in the 201

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Pietari Inkinen, now working internationally at the highest level, was appointed Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2008.  He has won unanimous praise from audiences and critics both for his performances on tour in New Zealand and for his recordings with the Orchestra on Naxos and for EMI.  In November 2010 Inkinen led the Orchestra on a highly successful tour of European cities including Vienna, Lucerne, Geneva, Frankfurt and Hamburg with Hilary Hahn as soloist.  Pietari Inkinen is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he has held since September 2009.

In 2014, Inkinen was announced as the next Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in a position to initially last three years as of 2015.

As guest conductor, 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, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, CBSO and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Inkinen also enjoys successful collaborations with soloists such as Vadim Repin, Hilary Hahn, Pinchas Zukerman, Nikolaj Znaider, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Toradze, and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Exciting upcoming engagements in the 2013-2014 season include performances with the Bamberg Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, as well as continuing his relationship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Japanese Philharmonic.

In September 2013, Inkinen was taken on at relatively short notice to conduct Opera Australia’s first ever production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Neil Armfield.  This, the third ever Ring Cycle in Australia’s history has been met with the highest acclamation from the international press and described as “…theatrically enthralling, conceptually provoking, and visually gorgeous…“ (Sydney Morning Herald).

In the operatic pit, he has conducted at the Finnish National Opera and made a very successful debut at La Monnaie in Brussels conducting the Rite of Spring with the Pina Bausch Dance Company. In spring 2012 he made debuts at the Staatsoper Berlin and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich conducting Eugene Onegin and in 2013 he conducted performances of Wagner’s Walkure and Das Rheingold in Palermo's Teatro Massimo.  Inkinen was consequently awarded Italy’s National Association of Music Critics with the Franco Abbiati Prize for “Best Show” for Das Rheingold.

In the studio, his recordings for Naxos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra of the complete cycle of Sibelius Symphonies, the premiere recording of Rautavaara’s Manhattan Trilogy, other music by Sibelius and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony have all been greeted with critical acclaim:  Gramophone said of the 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…

An exciting new recording of Sibelius’ Second Symphony with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra is also due for release in January 2014.

His recording for EMI of Wagner arias and orchestral pieces with Simon O’Neil was released last summer and 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.

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"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"

Fa, Saarbruecker Zeitung

"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

"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

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