Maestro move: Finn takes German orchestra

Maestro move: Finn takes German orchestra


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2016

The rising Finn Pietari Inkinen is  to be chief conductor of the merged Deutsche Radio Philharmonie of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern.

The orchestra, formerly led by Karel Mark Chichon, regularly performs in France, Luxembourg and Belgium as well as across a swathe of Germany.

Inkinen, 36, is also chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic and Prague Symphony.


Like most Finn musicians, he started playing piano at age four.



  • Paul Pelkonen says:

    A “Finn” is the proper term for a person from Finland or even of Finnish descent. However, the adjective form of the word is “Finnish” as in “Like most Finnish musicians.”


    Paul Pelkonen

  • Barbara says:

    All the best for him. We enjoyed having him with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

  • Matt says:

    Perhaps the new role gives him an excuse to record another Sibelius cycle.