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Mikko Franck
Principal Guest Conductor

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Mikko Franck was born in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland.

He started his conducting career at the age of 17 and has since then conducted the most prestigious orchestras and opera houses around the world.
From 2002 to 2007 he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique. In 2006, he started to work as General Music Director of the Finnish National opera. The following year, he was nominated as Artistic Director and General Music Director of the Opera. He held this dual position until August 2013.

Since September 2015, Mikko Franck is Music Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and his mandate was renewed with great enthusiasm until September 2022.

During last seasons he has taken the orchestra on several tours in Europe, China and South Korea. In the 2018-19 season Mikko Franck and the Orchestre Philharmonique will tour in Europe including concerts in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Vienna.
In March 2019 Mikko Franck will also lead the Orchestra on tour to Spain.

Since September 2017 Mikko Franck is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra e del Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Besides his regular activities in Paris and Rome, he was invited in December 2017 to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra and in January 2018 the Berliner Philharmoniker. In May 2019 he will return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Very devoted to the operatic repertoire as well, he has in recent years conducted in the Wiener Staatsoper productions of La Bohème, Salome, Lohengrin, Josephs Legende, Elektra, Tosca, La fanciulla del West, Die tote Stadt and Tristan und Isolde.
In November 2018 he conducts Pelleas et Mélisande at the Semperoper Dresden.

In February 2018 Mikko Franck was nominated Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF France.
In this role he wishes to support UNICEF in its important work around the world.
Upon his nomination he stated: “Every child is unique; every life is important. Every child, regardless of their origin, should have the right to live in a safe and healthy environment, to follow their dreams and realize their full potential.”

 

 

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