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John Storgårds

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Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic as well as Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, John Storgårds is also Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and he was Chief Conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008-2015. Maintaining a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, John Storgårds is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming traditional, rare and contemporary music in his performances. As a guest conductor he appears with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Further afield he appears with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and major North American orchestras in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Washington DC, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland and New York. He has won particular acclaim for his interpretations of works by Sibelius and Nielsen, and his repertoire also includes all the symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. His commitment to discovering new or unknown repertoire has resulted in many world premiere performances of music by Brett Dean, Kaija Saariaho, Per Nørgård, Korngold, and even Sibelius, amongst many others. He is an active chamber musician at festivals, not least at the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra’s annual Summer Sounds, and appears frequently as a solo violinist with international orchestras. John Storgårds has recorded numerous CDs. For Dacapo he has released, among others, Vagn Holmboe’s chamber symphonies and chamber music by Sunleif Rasmussen, both with Lapland Chamber Orchestra. His vast discography showcases his repertoire interests with numerous award-winning recordings with many different orchestras, not least the Helsinki Philharmonic. His recording of Kalevi Aho’s concertos for theremin and for horn received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2015. A recording of Peteris Vasks’s Second Symphony and Violin Concerto, featuring him as soloist, received the Cannes Classical Disc of the Year Award in 2004 and his Rautavaara disc with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra won a Gramophone Award in 2012. John Storgårds studied violin, composition, and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and violin even with Chaim Taub in Israel. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002.

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