Sakari Oramo

Sakari Oramo has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra since 1995; he was one of its four regular conductors 2009–2013 and has been its Artistic Director since autumn 2013. He is also Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and served as the Principal Conductor of West Coast Kokkola Opera.

Beginning his career as a violinist, Sakari Oramo was leader of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in the 1980s and of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1991. He studied conducting in the class of Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and in January 1993 was asked to step in at short notice for the conductor scheduled to conduct the FRSO. His performance was widely acclaimed and the Orchestra engaged him as a regular conductor from autumn 1994.

During his term as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2003–2012, Sakari Oramo was also Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also made guest appearances with numerous other orchestras, among them the Vienna, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Philharmonics, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dresden Staatskapelle.

Sakari Oramo has an extensive discography and has received widespread acclaim for such releases as the complete Sibelius symphony cycle. The University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004, and in 2008 he was the recipient of the prestigious Elgar Medal. In 2009 Queen Elizabeth II awarded him an OBO (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to British music as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He was honoured with the Pro Finlandia medal in 2010 and the following year was accepted as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.