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Osmo Antero Vänskä (born 28 February 1953) is a Finnish conductor, clarinetist and composer. He started his musical career as an orchestral clarinetist with the Turku Philharmonic (1971–76).[1] He then became the principal clarinet of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1977 to 1982. During this time, he started to study conducting with Jorma Panula
Jorma Panula
at the Sibelius Academy, where his classmates included Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen
and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In 1982, he won the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors. Vänskä became principal guest conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
in 1985, and chief conductor in 1988. He concluded his tenure with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
in 2008 and is now the orchestra's Conductor Laureate. His complete set of Sibelius symphonies with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, also on the BIS label, has garnered widespread acclaim. He has recorded extensively with the Lahti orchestra for the BIS label, including music by Kalevi Aho, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Bernhard Crusell, Uuno Klami, Tauno Marttinen, Robert Kajanus, Sofia Gubaidulina, Joonas Kokkonen, Jan Sandström, Jean Sibelius, and Fredrik Pacius. Vänskä was chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
from 1993 to 1996. In 1996, he was appointed chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
(BBCSSO), and served in that capacity until 2002. With the BBCSSO, he made recordings of the complete Carl Nielsen symphonies for the BIS label.[2] In June 2014, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
announced the return of Vänskä to the orchestra as its next principal guest conductor, effective with the 2014-2015 season.[3][4] In 2003, Vänskä became the music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. He and the orchestra have received critical praise, and he is generally regarded as having enhanced the quality of the orchestra.[5] In 2004, Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
began a five-year project to record the complete Beethoven symphonies on the BIS label.[6] In 2005, Vänskä signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
through at least 2011. In September 2009, the orchestra announced the extension of Vänskä's contract through the 2014–2015 season.[7] He announced his resignation on 1 October 2013, one year after management locked out the musicians in a longstanding labor dispute.[8] In January 2014 Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra won a Grammy for best orchestral performance for the album of Sibelius' Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.[9] He was re-appointed music director of the Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
in April 2014 with a two-year contract,[10] which was extended in May 2015 to last until August 2019.[11] In July 2017, the orchestra announced a further extension of Vänskä's contract through the 2021-2022 season.[12] In May 2008, an orchestral piece composed by Vänskä titled "The Bridge" was premiered by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, led by William Schrickel, assistant-principal bassist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Vänskä himself attended the world premiere.[13] Vänskä has been married twice. He and his former wife Pirkko, a freelance drama critic, have three grown children, one of whom, Olli, plays violin in the Finnish folk metal band Turisas. The couple separated in 2009.[14] In April 2015, Vänskä married Erin Keefe, the Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
concertmaster.[15] He maintains a residence in Minneapolis. In private life, one of his hobbies is riding motorcycles.[16] References[edit]

^ David Patrick Stearns, "Making His Mark: Osmo Vänskä". andante.com (overall site now defunct), February 2004. ^ Andrew Clements (2005-04-15). "'For my next trick...'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-01-28.  ^ " Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
aðalgestastjórnandi næstu þrjú starfsár" (Press release). Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
(Sinfóníuhljómsveitar Íslands). 16 June 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-20.  ^ Andrew Mellor (2014-07-10). "Principal Guest positions for Vänskä and Stenz". Gramophone. Retrieved 2014-07-20.  ^ Jay Nordlinger (15 February 2007). "A Glorious Dawn, in Sound & Spirit". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  ^ James R. Oestreich (17 December 2006). "A Most Audacious Dare Reverberates". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  ^ "Music Director Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
Extends Contract With Minnesota Orchestra" (Press release). Minnesota Orchestra. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  ^ Kerr, Euan, Conductor Vanska resigns from Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio (October 1, 2013) ^ Jon Bream (24 January 2014). " Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
and Osmo Vänskä score a Grammy". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2014-01-27.  ^ Kerr, Euan. "Vanska has deal to return as Minnesota Orchestra director". MPRnews.org. MPR News. Retrieved 25 April 2014.  ^ " Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
extends contract with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and announces new agreement with musicians" (Press release). Minnesota Orchestra. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.  ^ "Music Director Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
extends contract with Minnesota Orchestra" (Press release). Minnesota Orchestra. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-12.  ^ Combs, Marianne (16 May 2008). "Osmo Vanska composes a musical 'bridge'". MPR News. Minneapolis. Retrieved 15 July 2016.  ^ Graydon Royce (20 March 2009). "Vanska, wife to end 35-year marriage". Star-Tribune. Minneapolis.  ^ Jon Bream (January 2, 2015) " Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
announces engagement", (Minneapolis) StarTribune, http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/287365711.html. ^ Alex Ross (14 February 2005). "Osmosis". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 

Literature[edit]

Michael Anthony: Osmo Vänskä: Orchestra
Orchestra
Builder. Kirk House Publishers. ISBN 978-1-933794-20-4

External links[edit]

Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
at this is FINLAND. Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
at Hyperion Records. Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
at Minnesota Orchestra. Anthony Tommasini, "Surprising And Bold, Even if Not In the Club". New York Times, 11 February 2004 (review of Carnegie Hall concert) Interview with Osmo Vanska from InDigest Magazine.

Cultural offices

Preceded by Ulf Söderblom Chief Conductor, Lahti Symphony Orchestra 1988–2008 Succeeded by Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
(artistic advisor)

Preceded by Petri Sakari Chief Conductor, Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1993–1996 Succeeded by Petri Sakari

Preceded by Jerzy Maksymiuk Chief Conductor, BBC
BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1996–2002 Succeeded by Ilan Volkov

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Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra
Music Directors

Emil Oberhoffer
Emil Oberhoffer
(1903) Henri Verbrugghen
Henri Verbrugghen
(1923) Eugene Ormandy
Eugene Ormandy
(1931) Dimitri Mitropoulos
Dimitri Mitropoulos
(1937) Antal Doráti
Antal Doráti
(1949) Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Stanisław Skrowaczewski
(1960) Neville Marriner
Neville Marriner
(1979) Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart
(1986) Eiji Oue (1995) Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä
(2003)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 24790640 LCCN: n87125626 ISNI: 0000 0000 8206 7727 GND: 123715040 SUDOC: 080492541 BNF: cb13934819b (data) BIBSYS: 1059941 MusicBrainz: 9dc34300-e686-4f0a-bde6-21ca5ffa4

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