Hannu Lintu enters his eighth year as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the 2020/21 season. Highlights include Schumann’s Faust Szenen, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and the second-ever FRSO Festival – devoted in 2019 to new and large-scale works by national composer Magnus Lindberg. In May 2019 Lintu was appointed Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, a role which he commences in August 2021 as his final season as the FRSO’s Chief Conductor comes to a close.
Also in 2021 Lintu makes his highly anticipated debut with Opéra national de Paris, conducting Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.
Guest highlights of the 2020/21 season include returns to the London Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; Lintu also debuts with the Orchestre National de France and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Lintu has received several accolades for his recordings, including two ICMA awards for Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019) and works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (2018), and a 2021 Grammy nomination in the Best Orchestral Performance category for his recording of Lutoslawski’s Symphonies Nos 2 & 3.
Lintu studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.