Prague Symphony Orchestra

Pietari Inkinen assumes the role of Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra

Pietari Inkinen assumes the role of Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra in September 2015. His initial contract is for three years and he will conduct a minimum of six subscription weeks plus special events in Prague each season and lead the orchestra during extensive international tours, including visits to the UK in 2015 and Japan in 2016. An important part of his remit is to bring fresh ideas and dynamic programming while still adhering to the great artistic tradition of the orchestra. In addition to exploring the core Germanic repertoire with the orchestra, Pietari will include Czech repertoire as a major programming element. He also looks forward to including some of the Finnish repertoire that is close to the conductor´s heart.

Mr Inkinen said, "I´m thrilled to become the Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/16 season. I´m really looking forward to working intensively with these wonderful musicians who come from such a rich musical tradition. It will be a privilege to work in Prague, one of the most culturally significant and beautiful cities in the world. I am also excited about our extensive touring schedule with the orchestra and presenting the Czech cultural heritage around the world."

Mr Daniel Sobotka, Managing Director of the PSO said, "The Prague Symphony Orchestra has a long and successful history of working with young, vibrant Chief Conductors, beginning with our co-founder Vaclav Smetacek and including Jiri Belohlavek. We are extremely pleased to be able to announce, as we celebrate our 80th anniversary, that Pietari Inkinen will continue this esteemed tradition. Pietari is a strong and dynamic leader who will bring his profound musicianship and vision to the Orchestra both in Prague and on tour with the PSO, as we continue in our role as cultural ambassadors for the city."

Founded in 1934, the Prague Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2014. Founded as FOK, illustrating its main focus of Film-Opera-Konzert, the ensemble recorded the music for the majority of Czech films in the 1930 and established itself through regular concerts and radio broadcasts to be one of the cornerstones of the Czech cultural landscape. In 1952, the ensemble was named the official orchestra of Prague, a distinction it still holds today. Pietari Inkinen succeeds Maestro Jiri Kout as Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Still only 34, Pietari Inkinen is now in his eighth season as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and fifth as Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, he will also become the Chief Conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestpiele in Germany. As Music Director of the NZSO, he has had the opportunity to develop his artistic planning abilities and has programmed a wide array of repertoire. Through his work with both the NZSO and JPO, Pietari has learned how to work creatively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment. As a global Music Director, Pietari has gained, in addition to a huge amount of airline points, an ability to navigate and balance his artistic vision with the cultural spirit of each organisation. He looks forward to bringing these talents and skills to the culturally important and renowned Prague Symphony Orchestra.