With a “scrupulous ear for instrumental color and blend” (Washington Post) and “a distinctive dynamism” (Baltimore Sun), Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as Chief Conductor of Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment followed a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company including Jean Sibelius’s Kullervo, Op. 7 in 2017, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019, and Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020, reflecting the artist’s shifting focus into the field of opera.
In the 2023/2024 season, Hannu Lintu will also take up the baton as Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra after a series of critically-acclaimed appearances with this ensemble.
Guest highlights of the 2022/2023 season include Hannu Lintu’s highly anticipated debut with New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, his recent engagements include debuts with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Radio France, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Hannu Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie and Hyperion, receiving several accolades for his recordings, including two International Classical Music Awards and nominations for Gramophone and Grammy awards. Highlights from his discography include Béla Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019), Magnus Lindberg’s Related Rocks with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Kaivos, and the violin concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.