In today's news we read that Leif Segerstam will become the
"Chief Conductor Emeritus" of Helsinki Filharmonia and John Storgårds from
Tampere Filharmonia will take up the post of the chief conductor next year. By
following the news coming from the Finnish orchestral field past couple of
months, I think we are now witnessing a chain reaction started by the
resignation of Mikko Franck from the Finnish National Opera.
Let's see the events in chronological order:
14.2. Chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera, Mikko Franck resigns.
According to his contract he has to stay one year after the
14.6. Erkki Korhonen, the General Manager of the FNO resigns. Korhonen also
was the main reason why Leif Segerstam refused to become the chief conductor of
FNO some six years ago.
31.7. John Storgårds announces his resignation from Tampere Filharmonia
after the 2008-2009 season.
6.9. Tampere Filharmonia announces that Hannu Lintu will be their next chief
27.9. It is announced that Päivi Kärkkäinen will become the new General
Manager of FNO starting in December, 2007.
2.10. Helsinki Filharmonia announces John Storgårds will be their next chief
conductor starting season 2008-2009.
My guess is, that the next news we will get in December when the new GM of
FNO will start her post. The news will probably be: "Leif Segerstam starts as
the new Chief Conductor of the FNO, starting 14.2.2008."
The unfolding events look like a huge game of "musical chairs", and this
time it is Mikko Franck who has to find work elsewhere. But it seems he does
not mind it, which is a pity for Finnish cultural life! We saw before that when
Osmo Vänskä went to Minnesota, freelancing Jukka-Pekka Saraste came to Lahti.
And it has happened so many times before! I would just say that seeing the same
names in the headlines over and over again betrays a certain lack of dynamism
in the Finnish orchestral scene.