First invitation to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: March 10, 2021
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the most eminent conductors of our time, demonstrating remarkable depth and great musical personality. Born in Heinola, Finland, he began his career as a violinist before training as a conductor with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Until recently conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Saraste was also principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also been the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and founded the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and its own annual Tammisaari Festival.
In addition to his many guest appearances with the world's leading orchestras, Jukka-Pekka Saraste has recorded the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been Music Director since 2010, and those of Sibelius and Nielsen. He has received numerous awards and an honorary doctorate from York University in Toronto and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. On March 10, 2021, Saraste will make his debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with a program that includes Carl Nielsen's overture Helios Op. 17.