Chief Conductor

Santtu-Matias Rouvali

In the 2021/22 season, Santtu-Matias Rouvali starts his tenure as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and continues as Chief Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony, alongside his longstanding Chief Conductor position with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra close to his home in Finland. 

Starting the season on a high, Rouvali will give his highly anticipated debut at the BBC Proms with Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 with Víkingur Ólaffson, alongside Shostakovich Symphony No.9 and Prokofiev Symphony No.1. Throughout the season he continues his relationships with top-level orchestras across Europe, including Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Münicher Philharmoniker, and will after successful debuts in the last two seasons return to Concertgebouworkest and New York Philharmonic, performing with soloists such as Daniil Trifonov, Nemanja Radulovic, Golda Schultz, Seong-Jin Cho, Nicola Benedetti, Alexandre Kantorov, and Pekka Kuusisto.


In 2020/21 Rouvali recorded and live-streamed several concerts in Gothenburg and at home in Tampere, featuring music by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and many others. He was also able to return to Orquesta Nacional de España, as well as conduct concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, where he performed with Bryce Dessner his guitar concerto Wires. He gave his debut at Orchestre National de France in a live broadcast on France Musique, conducting music by Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartók. 

Santtu-Matias Rouvali is represented by HarrisonParrott.