Born in Finland in 1979, Mikko Franck began studying violin at five years of age and entered the Sibelius Academy at 13, taking his diploma in conducting.
He first took the podium at sixteen years of age, and since 2002 he has conducted many orchestras in his own country and abroad, including the Philharmonia and the London Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and Münchner Philharmoniker.
In September 2002, he was appointed music director and conductor of the National Orchestra of Belgium. That same year, his first recording, with music by Sibelius, was honoured with a Grammy Award nomination. In 2004, he was director of the Finnish National Opera. In 2011, he debuted with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
In 2015, he succeeded Myung-Whun Chung as leader of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, founded in 1937.