A plain fan’s guide to Finnish conductors

A plain fan’s guide to Finnish conductors

From my new essay in The Critic:

The biggest noise to be heard in orchestral music is not the click and whirr of audience smartphones shooting TikTok clips in the slow movement. Nor is it the straining of CEOs shoving diversity, inclusion and equity monitors onto the payroll.

No, folks, the really big noise in symphony halls is a beanpole Finn who finds himself, aged 28, at the head of four major orchestras, two of them world-beaters. Now, how the Helsinki did that happen?…

Read on here.

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