Oslo Philharmonic announces its new chief conductor

Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä has been named as the Norwegian orchestra’s new chief conductor

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced the appointment of the young Finnish conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä as its new chief conductor and artistic advisor. He will take up the position at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.


Mäkelä currently holds the positions of principal guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Turku Music Festival in Finland and artist in association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with whom he performs as a conductor, soloist and chamber musician.

In the upcoming season, Mäkelä will also be making debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic, among others.


Vasily Petrenko, the Oslo Philharmonic’s current chief conductor, will end his role with the orchestra following its 100th-anniversary season in the summer of 2020. Petrenko’s position as music director at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra also comes to an end in 2021, when he begins his new tenure at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.