Jukka-Pekka Saraste c Felix Broede

Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Chief Conductor, Artistic Director

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (b. 1956) is the chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the next three-year period. Saraste succeeds Susanna Mälkki, whose term as the chief conductor of the HPO ends after spring 2023. Known for his versatility and exceptional musical abilities, Saraste has previously worked as the chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout his career, he has been a regular guest conductor of the world's top orchestras.

In the 2022–2023 season, Saraste conducts several orchestras, including the Paris Orchestra, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Berlin German Symphony Orchestra DSO, and the South Korean Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saraste is passionate about mentoring young artists in the early stages of their careers. In the summer of 2022, he served as the conductor of the Austrian Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Additionally, he is offering vocational skills to future musicians and conductors internationally through his LEAD! foundation.

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