Finnish Radio Symphony Extends Chief Conductor Contract

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Anton Sucksdorff)

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract to Chief Conductor Nicholas Collon until the summer of 2028.

According to a press release, the aim of the new contract will begin in autumn 2024. Additionally, the FRSO musicians were unanimous in their decision to invite Collon to become the orchestra’s Chief Conductor and equally so about renewing his contract.

In a statement, orchestra spokesman Miikka Saarinen said, ”We are really excited that the collaboration with Nicholas Collon will continue after such an auspicious start.”

Collon added, “I could not be more delighted to be renewing my contract with the Finnish Radio SO until 2028. I’m having the most wonderful time conducting this exceptional group of musicians, who I am now happy to count as friends and colleagues. It is a great privilege to be able to plan so many diverse, thrilling programs, knowing that we also have the confidence and trust of the audience in the Helsinki Music Centre, and those watching and listening around the whole of Finland and internationally. I look forward to making music with all these players, and to planning many exciting seasons in the future.”

With Collon, the FRSO has performed outside Finland at the BBC Proms in London and on a German tour taking in Nuremberg, Regensburg, and Wiesbaden.