Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds is one of Finlandís exceptional artists who have taken the classical music world by storm in recent decades. He has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso and is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming and his commitment to contemporary music. He additionally holds the title of Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland.
Mr. Storgårds appears with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, WDR Cologne, Bamberg Symphony, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Radio, and the BBC Symphony as well as all of the major Scandinavian orchestras. Further afield, he has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand symphonies. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, Colin Currie, Håkan Hardenberger, Sabine Meyer, Karita Mattila and Matti Salminen.
John Storgårds made his North American debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra during the 2005/06 season and debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony in April 2011. Since then, he has appeared with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and the National, Toronto, St. Louis, Detroit, Indianapolis and Houston symphonies as well as with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. During the 13/14 season, he returns to the National, Toronto and Cincinnati symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and makes debut appearances with the Vancouver and Baltimore symphonies.
Highlights of his 13/14 season in Europe include a return visit to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic; the Finnish premiere of Peter Maxwell Daviesí Symphony No. 9 and a Schubert cycle with the Helsinki Philharmonic as well as a European tour in the spring of 2014; a European summer festival tour with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; and engagements with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic.
Recent notable recordings in Mr. Storgårdsí discography include an extremely well-received disc of works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and one of works by Rautavaara, which received a 2012 Gramophone Award and a Grammy nomination. With the BBC Philharmonic, his much anticipated cycle of the complete Sibelius symphonies will be released on Chandos Records in the spring of 2014 and this season he embarks with the orchestra on a project to perform and record all of the Nielsen symphonies. His latest disc with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra was recognized by National Public Radio in Washington, DC as one of the top ten recordings of 2012.
John Storgårds was concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra during Esa-Pekka Salonenís tenure and subsequently studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002 and the Pro Finlandia Prize in 2012.