Osmo Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä Named Minnesota Orchestra's Conductor Laureate

For one of Vänskä's final concerts as Music Director from June 2-4, 2022, he will pay tribute to Finnish violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto — who died in February 2022 — by leading the world premiere of Kuusisto’s Symphony. The next weekend, from June 10-12,...
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Minnesota Orchestra Honors Osmo Vänskä as Conductor Laureate

Osmo Vänskä has been the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director for almost two decades, and his term is about to come to an end. The accomplished conductor joined the Orchestra in 2003, and has led sweeping recording projects of symphonies by the likes of Beethoven and Mahler. He’s accompanied the Orchestra on seven international tours and four across the state, even directing the Orchestra to a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for an album in its Sibelius Symphonies series in 2014. So he couldn’t leave for long. Now, the orchestra has announced it will appoint Vänskä as its conductor laureate to continue bringing his presence to the stage, effective September 2022.