The Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen has been Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie since September 2017, which last extended his contract until June 2025. He holds other chief positions with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and future highlights include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, SWR Symphony Orchestra and Budapest Festival Orchestra. In previous seasons Inkinen has also conducted Staatskapelle Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic.

With the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Pietari Inkinen will continue his intensive concert activity in the 2020/2021 season, in addition to his recordings of the complete symphonic works of Sergei Prokofiev and Antonín Dvořák. The oeuvre of Jean Sibelius with a special eye for repertoire rarities as well as the beginning of a Bruckner cycle are further focal points of his work with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

The music of Richard Wagner being of great significance to Pietari Inkinen’s work, he was invited to conduct the prospective new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival (director: Valentin Schwarz). Prior to this, he conducted the tetralogy with great success at Opera Australia in Melbourne, for which he received the Helpmann Award in 2014 and the Green Room Award for Best Opera Conductor in 2016. Other opera productions have taken him to the Finnish National Opera, the Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Bavarian State Opera. He conducted Wagner’s Walküre and Das Rheingold in Palermo's Teatro Massimo, and performances of a highly successful new production of Eugene Onegin at the Dresden Semperoper.

During his time as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen conducted the recording of all of Sibelius' symphonies for the Naxos label as well as Rautavaara's Manhattan Trilogy. Also worth mentioning is a CD with arias and orchestral pieces by Richard Wagner with tenor Simon O'Neill (EMI) as well as Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Britten's Cello Symphony together with Johannes Moser (Hänssler). In addition, he produced a recording of excerpts from Wagner's Siegfried with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (SWRmusic/Naxos).

Inkinen is also an accomplished violinist. He studied at the Cologne Music Academy with Zakhar Bron before taking further studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

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