Sakari Oramo

Biography

Sakari Oramo

Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1965, Sakari Oramo is one of today's outstanding conductors and currently holds the post of Chief Conductor at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

- Oramo’s began his career as violinist and concertmaster at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His profile was raised swiftly when he rose to the challenge of conducting the orchestra at very short notice. He was soon appointed Co-Principal Conductor. 

- He was named Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1996. He became their Music Director in 1999.

- In 2007, Oramo was one of eight conductors of British orchestras to endorse a 10-year classical music outreach manifesto, Building on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st Century, to increase the presence of classical music in the UK, including giving free entry to all British schoolchildren to a classical music concert.

- In 2008, Oramo took over as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

- In 2013 he became Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position which began at the First Night of the 2013 Proms.

- Oramo has lent his considerable conducting skills to the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. 

- Oramo has recorded all of Schumann's symphonies with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Sebastian Fagerlund ́s opera, Döbeln, with West Coast Kokkola Opera.

- He is married to the Finnish soprano Anu Komsi, and they have two sons, Taavi and Leevi.

- Oramo and Komsi, together with Annika Mylläri and Robert McLoud, founded West Coast Kokkola Opera in 2004.

Did You Know? 

In 1989, Oramo was awarded an honorary OBE for services to music in Birmingham.

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