Hannu Lintu

Known for exploring neglected repertoire in classical music and an advocate for contemporary classical music, Hannu Lintu has given life to conducting across the globe.

Lintu, born in Finland, studied cello and piano while growing up, and then took up conducting. He graduated from Sibelius Academy in 1996 with honours and would later return to the academy to teach classes part-time in 2014. Lintu also took conducting masterclasses in Italy and won First Prize in the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.

Hannu Lintu has been nominated for Grammy and Gramophone awards, owing to his accomplishments as a conductor and recording artist. He has cycled through the complete Beethoven Symphonies and records with Ondine, Naxos, Avie, Hyperion, and more.

We really need to have conductor friends, because this is a very complex profession. There are so many strange problems in this field and nobody else can understand these problems except another conductor.

From 2009 to 2013, Lintu served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra before becoming principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. In 2013, Lintu secured his role as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra after a successful run as guest conductor in 2012.

Lintu has appeared with many great American and International orchestras such as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

Images by Veikko Kähkönen

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