Pietari Inkinen

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Pietari Inkinen (born 29 April 1980, Kouvola, Finland) is a Finnish violinist and conductor. He began violin and piano studies at age 4.[1] As a youth, he also performed in a rock band.[2] He attended the Sibelius Academy and graduated with diplomas in violin (2003) and conducting (2005). He studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Zakhar Bron. Inkinen has performed on a Carlo Bergonzi 1732 violin. He leads a chamber trio, the Inkinen Trio.

In May 2007, Inkinen was named the second music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.[3] He formally assumed the post in January 2008. In October 2013, the NZSO announced the extension of Inkinen's contract through the 2015 season.[4] Inkinen concluded his NZSO tenure at the end of 2015,[5] and now has the title of Honorary Conductor of the NZSO. He and the NZSO have recorded music of Einojuhani Rautavaara[2] and of Jean Sibelius[6][7][8] for the Naxos label, and of Richard Wagner for EMI Classics.[9]

In September 2009, Inkinen became principal guest conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2015, the Japan Philharmonic appointed Inkinen as its next chief conductor, effective September 2016, with an initial contract of 3 seasons.[10] His work in opera has included his conducting of Opera Australia's Melbourne Ring Cycle in 2013, following the resignation of Richard Mills.[11]

In Europe, Inkinen was named the new chief conductor of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in March 2014, for the period from 2015 through 2017.[12] In October 2014, the Prague Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Inkinen as its next chief conductor, as of September 2015.[13] He had first conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra in 2007.[14] His first guest-conducting appearance with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern was in 2010. In September 2016, the orchestra named Inkinen its next chief conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 4 years.[15]


  1. ^ Donna McIntyre (2010-06-02). "My job: Leading music to great heights". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b William Dart (2007-07-19). "New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, Fri 6.30pm & Sat 8pm". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  3. ^ William Dart (2007-05-21). "New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at Auckland Town Hall". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  4. ^ "NZSO Music Director Pietari Inkinen To Continue" (Press release). New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  5. ^ "NZSO announces new role for Music Director" (Press release). New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  6. ^ William Dart (2008-03-13). "Finnish flourish in prophetic recording". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2010-10-14). "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 1 and 3 – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2011-01-06). "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 and 5 – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  9. ^ William Dart (2010-02-28). "Simon O'Neill - Father and Son". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  10. ^ "Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra" (Press release). IMG Artists. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. ^ Peter McCallum (2013-07-03). "Risks and rumour as rising star steps in to conduct the Ring". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  12. ^ Gabriele Szczegulski (2014-03-18). "Chefdirigent Pietari Inkinen: "Mit mir ist alles möglich"". Bietigheimer Zeitung. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Pietari Inkinen – nový šéfdirigent Symfonického orchestru hl. m. Prahy FOK" (PDF) (Press release). Prague Symphony Orchestra. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  14. ^ Markéta Kaňková and Helena Petáková (2014-11-04). "Novým šéfdirigentem Symfonického orchestru FOK bude Pietari Inkinen". Czech Radio Vltava. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Der Finne Pietari Inkinen wird neuer Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie ab der Saison 2017/18" (Press release). SWR. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 

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Preceded by
James Judd
Music Director, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Edo de Waart
Preceded by
Muhai Tang
Chief Conductor, Prague Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by