Sakari Oramo extends contract as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo will hold the role of chief conductor with the BBC orchestra until the end of the BBC Proms in 2023

Sakari Markus Oramo OBE

The BBC Symphony Orchestra – celebrating its 90th birthday today – has announced the extension of chief conductor Sakari Oramo’s contract until the end of the BBC Proms season in 2023.


The Finnish conductor has held the role since 2013, taking over from Jiří Bělohlávek. Oramo had previously joined the orchestra a handful of times as guest conductor. He referred to these early collaborations in his statement on the orchestra‘s birthday today, saying, ‘Very often in these strange times my thoughts go back to a miraculous few days in 2011, when all of a sudden I found the most exciting artistic partnership of my life. The programme featured ‘Tintagel’ by Arnold Bax, Sibelius’s Third Symphony and vocal works by Sibelius and Kaija Saariaho with my dear Anu Komsi. What a quintessentially BBC SO-like programme that was – and yet probably one that hadn’t been dreamt of before.’

Oramo also holds the position of chief conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.


The BBC Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 90th anniversary today with a concert featuring Sibelius’s Scènes historiques, which was played during the orchestra’s first tour to Scandinavia in 1956, as well as British works by Purcell, Judith Weir, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Finzi. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 under its principal guest conductor Dalia Stasevska, who performed with the orchestra at this year’s Last Night of the Proms.