For one of Vänskä’s last concerts as musical director from June 2 to 4, 2022, he will pay tribute to the Finnish violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto — died in February 2022 — conducting the world premiere of Kuusisto’s Symphony.
Next weekend, June 10-12, Vänskä will conduct Symphony No. 8, which will be recorded for BIS as part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s award-winning Mahler cycle.
Osmo Vänskä joined the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2003 as the 10th Music Director. In 2014, he and the orchestra won a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for an album in his Sibelius Symphonies series.
Leaving his current role, Osmo Vänskä will become the orchestra’s laureate conductor. The new role is to recognize his impact on the Minnesota Orchestra during 19 years as Music Director. As a laureate conductor, Vänskä will return each year to conduct the orchestra.
He will also join Emile Oberhoffer and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski as the longest-serving musical directors in the history of the institution.
“The Minnesota Orchestra has been my musical home for nearly 20 years,” Vänskä commented. “It means a lot that I will continue to make music with my friends at the Minnesota Orchestra and that I will remain connected to the public in Minnesota who have been so receptive and supportive of my musical ideas for so many years.”
“Osmo’s ongoing legacy is reflected in the composition of the Orchestra itself. It has brought so many talented musicians into the ensemble and has developed a remarkable artistic cohesion and integrity that will continue for years to come. “, said President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. “This new role also recognizes the remarkable partnership he and the Orchestra have forged with Minnesota audiences over two decades.”