Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä to join Orchestre de Paris as music director

The 24-year-old Finnish conductor will take over from Daniel Harding, who has held the role since 2016

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä

The Orchestre de Paris has announced that Klaus Mäkelä will succeed Daniel Harding as its next music director.

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Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä is also set to take over the role of chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, a contract that was recently extended by four years, to take him through for a total of seven seasons with the orchestra. He will start in Oslo in August 2020, taking over from Vasily Petrenko, who moves onto the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Mäkelä, at just 24 years of age, also holds positions with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he is principal guest conductor, and the Turku Music Festival in Finland, as artistic director.

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He will begin his tenure with the Orchestre de Paris in September 2022, but will perform with them on 9 July in the orchestra’s first public concert since France’s national lockdown. The programme includes Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. This concert will be available to stream online.