Music and Artistic Director Tarmo Peltokoski

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At the beginning of the 2022/2023 concert season, the 22-year-old Finnish conductor Tarmo Peltokoski will become the Music and Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO).

 

In June 2021, Finnish Conductor Tarmo Peltokoski was fortunate to make his acclaimed German debut with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The soloist mastery, curiosity and passion for detail of every one of the orchestra’s members created the perfect circumstances for this debut, making the concerts a resounding success which led to a series of immediate reinvitations. In February 2022, Tarmo Peltokoski was awarded the title of “Principal Guest Conductor” of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, for the first time in its 42-year history.

 

In the 21/22 season, the 21-year-old conductor has made his Berlin debut with the orchestra of the Komische Oper, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and at the Festival Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey with the Kammerorchester Basel and cellist Sol Gabetta. Peltokoski will also conduct his first complete Ring Cycle at the Eurajoki Bel Canto Festival. In the next seasons he will make major conducting debuts at the Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Kölner Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Last season he debuted with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Lahti and the orchestra of the Finnish National Opera.

 

T. Peltokoski began his studies with professor emeritus Jorma Panula at the age of 14. Currently studying with Sakari Oramo at the Sibelius Academy, Peltokoski has also been taught by Hannu Lintu and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Also an acclaimed pianist, Peltokoski studies piano at the Sibelius Academy with Antti Hotti. Other important teaching influences include Matti Raekallio, Antti Siirala, Henri Sigfridsson and Konstantin Bogino. His piano playing has been awarded distinctions at numerous competitions. He has appeared as a soloist with all major Finnish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki and Tampere Philharmonic, and Oulu Symphony. He has performed recitals and chamber music at the Turku and Mikkeli festivals.

 

In 2018, Peltokoski was named Young Musician of the Year by the Pro Musica Foundation.

 

In addition to his conducting and piano studies, he has also studied composing and arranging, and especially enjoys music comedy and improvisation.