Winner of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor of the Year award, Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of the West Coast Kokkola Opera and of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
Between 1998 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and after a decade as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has now served as their Honorary Conductor since 2012. Guest engagements include Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, among many others.
Also an accomplished violinist, Sakari Oramo was originally the leader of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2014 made his debut in the BBC Proms Chamber Music series, performing Prokofiev’s ‘Sonata for Two Violins’ with Janine Jansen. His discography includes a highly acclaimed Nielsen symphony cycle as well as recordings of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Nørgård’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 8. Sakari Oramo was awarded an honorary OBE in 2009 for his services to music.