Pietari Inkinen

Principal Guest Conductor, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele
Chief Conductor, Prague Symphony Orchestra
Honorary Conductor, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Biography

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.

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“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.”

Gabriele Szczegulski

Bietigheimer Zeitung

“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.”

Klaus Kalchschmid

Suddeutsche Zeitung

“By the fourth opera it is hard to find new accolades for the Melbourne Ring Orchestra, which again played superlatively, near ideal in the Wagner essentials of richness, subtlety, unforced power, beauty and clarity. Or for conductor Pietari Inkinen, with his commanding conception, long architectural shape, finely calibrated proportion and attention to detail.”

Barny Zwartz

The Age

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“Conductor Pietari Inkinen was masterly, unfailingly sensitive to the singers and to the musical flow, while the 100-strong Melbourne Ring Orchestra was superb.”

The Age, The Ring – Das Rheingold review: Ingenious staging and masterful music set scene for Opera Australia epic, Barney Zwartz, 22.11.2016

“Conductor Pietari Inkinen​, who stepped in at short notice to lead really well OA’s debut Melbourne Ring in 2013, has clearly grown in insight and confidence. His was a measured but infinitely assured performance that allowed the music to breathe and expand, maintaining momentum, and developing remarkable intensity. He was aided by a top class orchestra that played with great clarity and subtlety.”

The Age, The Ring – Die Walkure review: Beauty and dramatic power superbly realised in Wagner’s most emotional and tragic work, Barney Zwartz, 24.11.2016

“Conductor Pietari Inkinen was again consummate, shaping his massed forces with sensitivity and subtlety. Even in Siegfried, which has more longueurs than the other Ring operas, Inkinen ensured that nothing flagged and the big moments had thrilling intensity. ”

The Age, The Ring – Siegfried review: Stefan Vinke astounds in third Wagner instalment, Barney Zwartz, 27.11.2016

“By the fourth opera it is hard to find new accolades for the Melbourne Ring Orchestra, which again played superlatively, near ideal in the Wagner essentials of richness, subtlety, unforced power, beauty and clarity. Or for conductor Pietari Inkinen, with his commanding conception, long architectural shape, finely calibrated proportion and attention to detail.”

The Age, The Ring – Gotterdamerung review: Final instalment ends in blaze of glory, Barney Zwartz, 29.11.2016

“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