Maestro stays: Osmo inks new deal

Maestro stays: Osmo inks new deal


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2016

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has extended Osmo Vänskä’s position as Principal Guest Conductor through to the 2019/20. Vänskä was Chief Conductor of the orch from 1993 to 1996, and conducted its Carnegie Hall debut in 1996.

Osmo said: ‘Harpa is a fantastic concert hall and its importance for cultural life in Iceland cannot be overestimated. I am extremely impressed with how the orchestra has improved in quality since moving to Harpa, and it is always a joy to make music with them. I love this orchestra and look forward to our continued collaboration.’


His other orch’s pretty good, too.


  • Daniel F. says:

    Osmo is a gem: appears to be completely without commercial ambition. Loyalty seems to be what guides his decisions. Am looking forward to hearing him and his “other orchestra when they return (after a prolonged absence) Carnegie Hall on 3 March.

  • Elizabeth Erickson says:

    There’s quite a crowd from Minnesota headed for New York in a few weeks. We feel lucky to have him as well.