Sakari Markus Oramo OBE (born October 26, 1965) is a Finnish
conductor. Since 2013 he has been the Chief Conductor of the BBC
Biography and career
Oramo was born in Helsinki, and started his career as a violinist and
concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, he
enrolled in Jorma Panula's conducting class at the Sibelius Academy.
In 1993, just one year after completing the course, he stood in for a
sick conductor with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This success
led to his appointment as Co-Principal Conductor. Oramo has also
worked with Finland's Avanti! ensemble. Oramo became principal
guest conductor of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in 1995, and
one of its principal conductors in 2009. In 2013, he became the
orchestra's artistic director.
In September 1996, Oramo was named Principal Conductor of the City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), having conducted the CBSO in two
concerts prior to that appointment. He then assumed the post as Music
Director and Artistic Advisor in 1998. His work in Birmingham
included the Floof! festival of contemporary music. He also
championed the music of
John Foulds in concerts and recordings with
the CBSO. From 2003 to 2012 Oramo was sole Principal
Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He was at the forefront of the
Edward Elgar sesquicentenary
celebrations in 2007, and was awarded the Elgar Medal in 2008 for his
efforts in advancing Elgar's music. In 2008, Oramo stepped down as the
CBSO's Music Director and became the orchestra's Principal Guest
Conductor for the 2008–2009 season.
In April 2007, Oramo was one of eight conductors of British orchestras
to endorse the 10-year classical music outreach manifesto, "Building
on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st Century", to increase the
presence of classical music in the UK, including giving free entry to
all British schoolchildren to a classical music concert. In
addition to his conducting and recording work, Oramo has also
published newspaper articles on music.
In September 2008, Oramo became Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor
of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. His initial contract in
Stockholm was for three years. With the Royal Stockholm
Philharmonic, he has recorded symphonies of Robert Schumann. In
2011, Oramo's contract with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic was
extended to 2015. In April 2016, his Stockholm contract was further
extended to 2020. He has made commercial recordings with the Royal
Stockholm Philharmonic for such labels as BIS.
In October 2011, Oramo made his first guest conducting appearance with
the BBC Symphony Orchestra, his first guest-conducting engagement
with any London orchestra. On the basis of this concert, in February
2012, Oramo was named the 13th Chief Conductor of the BBCSO, effective
with the First Night of the 2013 Proms season. His initial
contract was for 3 years, with a pending subsequent option for an
additional 2 years. Oramo held the title of Chief Conductor
Designate for the 2012–2013 season. In September 2015, the BBCSO
announced the extension of his contract to the 2019-2020 season.
He has recorded commercially with the BBCSO with such labels as
Oramo is married to the Finnish soprano Anu Komsi, and they have two
sons, Taavi and Leevi.
In May 2009, Oramo was awarded an honorary
OBE for services to music
in Birmingham. Oramo and Komsi, together with Annika Mylläri and
Robert McLoud, founded West Coast
Kokkola Opera in 2004. Oramo
currently serves as its vice chairman and principal conductor.
^ a b William Oliphant (11 May 2009). "Honorary
OBE for CBSO's Oramo".
Birmingham Post. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
^ Andrew Clements (25 October 2000). "Avanti!/Oramo". The Guardian.
^ a b "
Sakari Oramo is to become BBC Symphony Orchestra's next chief
conductor". Helsingin Sanomat – International Edition. 2012-02-23.
^ Tom Service (13 August 1999). "This man isn't rattled". The
Guardian. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
^ Tom Service (31 May 2003). "Floof!". The Guardian. Retrieved
^ Peter Culshaw (26 April 2006). "Visionary genius of the spirit
world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
^ a b
Sakari Oramo (28 April 2006). "The forgotten man". The Guardian.
^ "Sakari Oramo's Term as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra to end in 2012" (Press release). Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
^ Terry Grimley (23 February 2006). "Who will pick up Oramo's baton?".
The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
^ Charlotte Higgins (26 April 2007). "Orchestras urge free concerts
for children". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
Sakari Oramo (25 July 2007). "Stand up for the maestro". The
Guardian. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
^ a b Andrew Clements (2010-07-15). "Schumann: Symphonies Nos 1 &
2 – Royal Stockholm PO/Oramo (Sony Classical)". The Guardian.
^ Vivien Schweitzer (2006-03-31). "
Sakari Oramo to Succeed Alan
Gilbert at Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra". Playbill Arts.
^ "Några höjdpunkter 2016–17" (Press release). Konserthuset
Stockholm. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
^ Stephen Pritchard (2015-05-03). "Nielsen: Symphony No 2, 'The Four
Temperaments'; Symphony No 6 'Sinfonia Semplice' CD review –
blistering accounts of fine companion pieces". The Observer. Retrieved
^ Andrew Clements (2011-10-31). "BBCSO/Oramo – review". The
Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra announces new Chief Conductor" (Press
release). BBC. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
^ Tom Service (2015-07-10). "Conductor Sakari Oramo: the Finn's First
Night at the Proms". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
^ Alex Needham (2012-02-23). "
Sakari Oramo to become BBC Symphony
Orchestra chief conductor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
^ "Chief Conductor
Sakari Oramo to remain at helm of BBC Symphony
Orchestra until 2020" (Press release). BBC. 25 September 2015.
^ Erica Jeal (2015-05-28). "Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor and 12
Lyric Pieces CD review – an expansive, romantic interpretation". The
Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
^ Jenny Leonardz (10 September 2008). "Musiklek på blodigt allvar".
Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
Sakari Oramo biography at HarrisonParrott Agency
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic / Konserthus Swedish-language page on
Sakari Oramo biography at Hyperion Records
Sakari Oramo biography at Ondine Records
Sakari Oramo biography at Warner Classics
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra Finnish-language page on Oramo
Principal Conductor, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Director, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra music directors
Appleby Matthews (1920)
Adrian Boult (1924)
Leslie Heward (1930)
George Weldon (1944)
Rudolf Schwarz (1951)
Andrzej Panufnik (1957)
Adrian Boult (1959)
Hugo Rignold (1960)
Louis Frémaux (1969)
Simon Rattle (1980)
Sakari Oramo (1998)
Andris Nelsons (2008)
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2016)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductors
Adrian Boult (1930)
Malcolm Sargent (1950)
Rudolf Schwarz (1957)
Antal Doráti (1962)
Colin Davis (1967)
Pierre Boulez (1971)
Rudolf Kempe (1976)
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1978)
John Pritchard (1982)
Andrew Davis (1989)
Leonard Slatkin (2000)
Jiří Bělohlávek (2006)
Sakari Oramo (2013)
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