13 fruitful years
Sakari Oramo. Photo: Mats Lundqvist
Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo’s solid experience and deep curiousity characterized his long period as chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sakari Oramo was named chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, and his contract was renewed several times after that. The 2020/2021 concert season marked his last in this capacity, after 13 succesful years together during which the orchestra won international praise for recordings and tours.
While he was concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he began studying conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Before coming to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, he was Chief Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 2000–08 (and later in parallel Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2003–12).
Sakari Oramo is represented on many records, primarily as the conductor, but also as a violinist and chamber musician (including on Warner Classics, Ondine, Philips and Hyperion). Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s recordings of, among other things, all six of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies on three albums (BIS) have been critically acclaimed globally, and the album with Symphonies No. 1 and 3 received the BBC Music Magazine Award for best orchestral recording in 2016.
Other recordings with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra include two albums with music by Anders Hillborg (BIS) – which both won Grammis Awards in the best classical album category. Also worth mentioning are the recordings of all of Schumann’s symphonies by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sony Classical), which were received with high praise by the international press. And the cd Distant Lights, with Renée Fleming as soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, received glowing reviews all over the world.
In 2012, Sakari Oramo was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2016, Sakari Oramo was named Conductor of the Year by the historic Royal Philharmonic Society in London. In 2021 he was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.