His first meeting with the Gothenburg Symphony in 2012 was a tremendous success and after each visit the mutual respect and love grew – and delirious joy spread like wildfire throughout the audience. The news that Santtu-Matias Rouvali had been appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony received international recognition and gave rise to considerable excitement about the upcoming collaboration.
From season 2019-2020 Santtu-Matias Rouvali gets the conductors Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach by his side as the orchestras first guest conductors – a strong three-leaf clover with three completely different artists.
When Santtu-Matias Rouvali is not working with the Gothenburg Symphony or Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – where he is also Chief Conductor – he travels to Los Angeles Philharmonic or the Philharmonia in London and other leading orchestras where he is guest conductor.
He lives on a farm outside Helsinki with his partner and son, and has two horses and three saunas. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. This is when he summons renewed energy for creative new concerts as Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony.