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Vänskä, Osmo

Praised for his intense and dynamic performances, Osmo Vänskä is recognised for compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires, as well as the close rapport he establishes with the musicians he leads.

In 2003, Vänskä became Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra and has since drawn extraordinary reviews for concerts both at home and abroad. Together they have an annual series at New York’s Carnegie Hall and tour regularly both in the US and Europe – including an exceptional pair of concerts at the 2010 BBC Proms. His contract with the Minnesota Orchestra has been extended until 2015.

Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra’s recordings of the complete Beethoven Symphonies on the BIS label have amassed rave reviews whilst their recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 received a 2008 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance. Their most recent release is the first disc in a complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Future projects include the complete Sibelius Symphonies. For the Hyperion label they have recently recorded Tchaikovsky’s Complete Piano Concertos with pianist Stephen Hough.