Sakari Oramo

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Legal name: Sakari Markus Oramo

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Sakari Markus Oramo OBE (born October 26, 1965) is a Finnish conductor.

Oramo was born in Helsinki, and started his career as a violinist and concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, he enrolled in Jorma Panula's conducting class at the Sibelius Academy. In 1993, just one year after completing the course, he stood in for a sick conductor with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This success led to his appointment as Co-Principal Conductor. Oramo has also worked with Finland's Avanti! ensemble. From 2003 to 2012, Oramo was sole Principal Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Oramo became principal guest conductor of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in 1995, and one of its principal conductors in 2009. In 2013, he is scheduled to become the orchestra's artistic director.

In September 1996, Oramo was named Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), having conducted the CBSO in two concerts prior to that appointment. He then assumed the post as Music Director and Artistic Advisor in 1998. His work in Birmingham included the Floof! festival of contemporary music. He also championed the music of John Foulds in concerts and recordings with the CBSO. He was at the forefront of the Edward Elgar sesquicentenary celebrations in 2007, and was awarded the Elgar Medal in 2008 for his efforts in advancing Elgar's music. In 2008, Oramo stepped down as the CBSO's Music Director and became the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor for the 2008–2009 season.

In April 2007, Oramo was one of eight conductors of British orchestras to endorse the 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 addition to his conducting and recording work, Oramo has also published newspaper articles on music.

In September 2008, Oramo became Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. His initial contract in Stockholm was for three years. With the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, he has recorded symphonies of Robert Schumann. In 2011, Oramo's contract with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic was extended through 2015. His current contract with the orchestra is through 2018. He has made commercial recordings with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic for such labels as BIS.

In October 2011, Oramo made his first guest conducting appearance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO), his first guest-conducting engagement with any London orchestra. On the basis of this concert, in February 2012, Oramo was named the 13th Chief Conductor of the BBC SO, effective with the First Night of the 2013 Proms season. His initial contract is for 3 years, with a pending subsequent option for an additional 2 years. Oramo held the title of Chief Conductor Designate for the 2012–2013 season. He has recorded commercially with the BBC SO with such labels as harmonia mundi.

Oramo is married to the Finnish soprano Anu Komsi, and they have two sons, Taavi and Leevi. In May 2009, Oramo was awarded an honorary OBE for services to music in Birmingham. Oramo and Komsi, together with Annika Mylläri and Robert McLoud, founded West Coast Kokkola Opera in 2004. Oramo currently serves as its vice chairman and principal conductor.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Arena 2 / Coyote Blues / Tendenza / Corrente Magnus Lindberg; Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
1998 Symphony no. 9 / Cello Concerto / Serenade for Strings / Serenade for Winds Antonín Dvořák; Arto Noras, Oramo, Inbal, Wolff 1
2001 Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2001 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 27: The Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Camille Saint‐Saëns; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Stephen Hough 1
2001 Symphony no. 5 / Karelia Suite / Pohjola’s Daughter / The Bard Jean Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2002 Symphonies nos. 1 & 3 / Finlandia Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2003 Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Tapiola Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2003 Violin Concertos Jean Sibelius, Sir William Walton; Akiko Suwanai, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2004 Konzerte für Violine und Violincello Aram Khatchaturian; Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2004 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Variations n a Theme of Corelli / Variations n a Theme of Chopin Rachmaninov; Nikolai Lugansky, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2005 Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 Rachmaninov; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Nikolai Lugansky 1
2006 Violin Concerto no. 1 / Violin Sonata Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович; Leila Josefowicz, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, John Novacek 1
2006 Third Symphony / Viola Concerto Eero Hämeenniemi; Tommi Aalto, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu 1
2007 Violin Concertos Sibelius, Lindberg; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Batiashvili, Sakari Oramo 1
2007 Cello Concerto / Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 Joonas Kokkonen; Marko Ylönen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2009 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 / Opus sonorum Joonas Kokkonen; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2011 Violinkonzert / Ungarische Tänze Johannes Brahms; Baiba Skride, Sakari Oramo, Lauma Skride, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2011 D'om le vrai sens / Laterna Magica / Leino Songs Kaija Saariaho; Kari Kriikku, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2012 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 Prokofiev; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 2
2013 Symphony no. 2 / Sospiri / Elegy Sir Edward Elgar; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2013 Symphony no. 4 "The Inextinguishable" / Symphony no. 5 Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2014 Symphony no. 1 / Cockaigne (In London Town) Elgar; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2014 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2015 Symphony no. 2 "The Four Temperaments" / Symphony no. 6 "Sinfonia semplice" Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Symphonies nos. 1-7 / Finlandia / Karelia Suite / Pohjola's Daughter / The Bard / Tapiola Sibelius; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 5 2
2010 Piano Concertos 2, 4 & 5 Camille Saint‐Saëns; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Stephen Hough 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Symphonies 3 & 5 Pehr Henrik Nordgren; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2005 Symphony Symphony 5: Recorded Live in Symphony Hall Gustav Mahler; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Coloratura Anu Komsi, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1

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