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An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the FRSO, during which time he enrolled in Jorma Panula's conducting class at the Sibelius Academy. In 1993, one year after completing the course, Oramo replaced an ailing conductor at very short notice, and the resulting concert was an unprecedented success, leading to the announcement of his appointment as associate principal conductor.
Sakari Oramo has conducted regularly in Finland and throughout Scandinavia with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony and the Helsinki Philharmonic. Appearances elsewhere have included the Berlin Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Oramo has made numerous recordings, including several with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra featuring works by early 20th-century Finnish composers such as Klami, Pingoud, and Launis, and by contemporary Finnish composers such as Lindberg, Saariaho, Hakola, and Kaipainen.
Sakari Oramo, violin