Hannu Lintu has been the chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since September 2013. Previously he had held the positions of artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. He also works regularly with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Finnish National Opera. Discs by Hannu Lintu have been released on the Ondine, Alba, Naxos, Ricordi, Claves, Hyperion and Danacord labels.
In addition to conducting the leading Finnish orchestras, Maestro Lintu has made guest appearances with the radio orchestras of Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Madrid, with a number of orchestras in North and South America (such as the Toronto, Houston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl), in Asia (Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur) and Australia (the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras among others).
Hannu Lintu studied the piano and cello first at the Turku Conservatory in his native Finland and later the Sibelius Academy. In 1992 he also entered the Sibelius Academy’s conducting class, taught by Jorma Panula, Eri Klas and Ilja Musin.
He has further been tutored by, among others, Myung-whun Chung at the Music Academy Siena. He won the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.