Canada picks Finn-style conductor

Canada picks Finn-style conductor

The incoming music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is to be James S. Kahane, 28.

Like so many sticks these fays, he speaks fluent Finnish.

Kahane studied in Sakari Oramo’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy. He went on to become assistant to Susanna Mälkki at the Helsinki Philharmonic. He was founding member and Principal Conductor of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and got to conduct the Lahti Symphony, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and the Helsinki Phil.

Why Finland? That’s where they make ’em these days.

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