Chief Conductor


KBS Symphony Orchestra
9th chief conductor (2022 ~ )

Pietari Inkinen(Music Director)



TheFinnish conductor Pietari Inkinen is appointed as the 9th MusicDirector of KBS Symphony Orchestra from 2022.


Pietari Inkinen hasbeen Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie since September 2017,where his contract has recently been extended until June 2025. He is also ChiefConductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he has held since 2016.


Recent and futurehighlights include his debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, RoyalConcertgebouw Orchestra, G?rzenich Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester,SWR Symphony Orchestra and Budapest Festival Orchestra. In previous seasonsPietari Inkinen has also conducted Staatskapelle Berlin, Symphonieorchester desBayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Accademia Nazionale diSanta Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los AngelesPhilharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and HelsinkiPhilharmonic.


The music of Richard Wagner being of great significance to Pietari Inkinen´s work, he was invited to conduct Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in 2023. During the summer 2021 he conducted three performances of Walk?re on the Green Hill. Earlier, he conducted the tetralogy with great success at OperaAustralia in Melbourne, for which he received the Helpmann Award in 2014 andthe Green Room Award for Best Opera Conductor in 2016. Other opera productionshave taken him to the Finnish National Opera, the Th??tre de la Monnaie, theStaatsoper Unter den Linden and the Bavarian State Opera. He conducted Wagner’sWalk?re and Das Rheingold in Palermo's Teatro Massimo, andperformances of a highly successful new production of Eugene Onegin atthe Dresden Semperoper.


Pietari Inkinen hasalso been Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra ofthe Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. During his time as Music Director of the NewZealand Symphony Orchestra, he conducted the recording of all of Sibelius'symphonies for the Naxos label as well as Rautavaara's Manhattan Trilogy.Also worth mentioning is a CD with arias and orchestral pieces by RichardWagner with tenor Simon O'Neill (EMI), as well as Shostakovich's Cello ConcertoNo. 1 and Britten's Cello Symphony together with Johannes Moser (H?nssler). Inaddition, he recorded excerpts from Wagner's Siegfried and symphonies ofProkofiev and Dvo??k with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (SWRmusic/Naxos).


Inkinen is also anaccomplished violinist. He studied at the Cologne Music Academy with ZakharBron before taking further studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy inHelsinki.


2020/2021 - May 2021

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