Latvian National Symphony Names New Music & Artistic Director

By David Salazar
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The Latvian National Symphony has announced that 22-year-old conductor Tarmo Peltokoski will be its new music and artistic director.

The Finnish maestro started off his career at age 14, working with conductor Jorma Panulu. In 2017, he debuted with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen where, earlier this year, he was named the ensemble’s first-ever principal guest conductor.

He is set for debuts with such companies as Beethovenfest Bonn, Cologne Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Musikverein and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, among others.

“There are many talented young conductors all around the world, and, in previous seasons, we invited several of them to take the podium of the LNSO in search of the orchestra’s next Music and Artistic Director. In January 2022, Tarmo Peltokoski arrived in Riga from Finland, and already on the second day of rehearsals it was clear that he was the one we were looking for,” Indra Lūkina, the Latvian National Symphony’s General Manager, said in an official statement. “He captivated the musicians with his compelling musical ideas and delighted them with his intelligent respect for the music and those performing it – working together was a real treat. Four months after our first meeting, we are very pleased to announce that, as of the 2022-2023 season, Tarmo Peltokoski will be the Music and Artistic Director of the LNSO. We are looking forward to a vibrant and eventful journey into the world of music!”