Pietari Inkinen to become Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Pietari Inkinen has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pietari Inkinen has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. The young Finnish maestro, who has been praised for his, “musicality, energy and commitment... excellence... and superb leadership,” (New Zealand’s Dominion Post), will assume the role in September 2016. The initial contract will be for three years, ending in August 2019. Inkinen’s relationship with the JPO began in 2009 when he became Principal Guest Conductor, a role he continues through the 15/16 season. In the coming years, JPO and their new Chief Conductor will continue to explore the works of Sibelius while turning also to the great works of Wagner, but will also aim expand the orchestras repertoire from the Baroque to early Romantic periods. In addition to orchestral performances, JPO is aiming to start an exciting new educational project with their Chief.

Mr. Toshikuni Hirai, the President and CEO of JPO said, "We are extremely pleased and proud to expand our future with Mo.Inkinen, our exceptional partner. With Mo. Inkinen, an acclaimed young conductor of his generation, JPO resolves to evolve onto a new stage and to refine the value and strengths of the orchestra."

When asked about this new chapter Inkinen said:
“I am proud to take up the role of Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra from the 16/17 season. It is with great excitement that I look forward to deepening our already very fruitful and successful relationship. I am also pleased to be able to be present more frequently in one of my favourite cities— and one of the best halls in the world.”

For more information, please visit: www.japanphil.or.jp