Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, an appointment that was made immediately following his debut with them. He is also Principal Conductor of the West Coast Kokkola Opera and, starting in 2013, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. After a decade as Chief Conductor, 2012/13 sees Oramo become Honorary Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Guest conducting highlights of the 2012/13 season include the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the hr Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. This season also features a tour of North America with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Oramo has made important debuts with the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Wiener Philharmoniker. He has been a regular guest at the helm of Staatskapelle Dresden and the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and San Francisco Symphony orchestras.
An accomplished violinist, Oramo was originally concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and was appointed its Associate Principal Conductor after stepping in to conduct the orchestra at very short notice in 1993, and ten years later was given the title of Chief Conductor. With the FRSO, Oramo recorded a vast amount of music by Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Kimmo Hakola and Jouni Kaipainen as well as neglected Finnish composers of the past, like Armas Launis and Ernest Pingoud.
Since beginning his post with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, Oramo has led the orchestra to many highlights including a successful tour of Japan in 2010, and an immense festival in Stockholm featuring ten Mahler symphonies on ten consecutive days. The partnership has also seen several CD recordings of music by Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann and Anders Hillborg among others. Future releases with the orchestra include complete Elgar and Nielsen Symphony Cycles.
Oramo´s extensive recording catalogue also includes among others Sebastian Fagerlund´s opera Döbeln with West Coast Kokkola Opera, 'Coloratura', featuring Anu Komsi as soloist, and a vast array of recordings with the CBSO, including two discs of John Foulds´s music, a complete Sibelius symphony cycle and Elgar´s Dream of Gerontius.