Mikko Franck

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Mikko Franck is a Finnish conductor and violinist.


Franck was born in Helsinki. He began learning the violin at the age of 5 and started violin studies at the Sibelius Academy in 1992. The Academy let Franck conduct an orchestra in 1995, whereupon Jorma Panula enlisted him as a private student. Franck entered Panula's conducting class at the Academy in 1996, leaving in 1998 as his international career began. [1] He said Panula "gave me everything that can be taught about this profession."


Before age 23, Franck had made his conducting début with all leading Scandinavian orchestras, with the London Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin State Opera Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.

His first recording, of Jean Sibelius, received a Grammy nomination for "Best Orchestral Performance". He champions Einojuhani Rautavaara's works.

Franck was the Belgian National Orchestra's artistic director from 2002 to 2007. He became the Finnish National Opera's general music director in August 2006. Six months later he claimed a loss of confidence in the company's then-general director Erkki Korhonen and administrative director Pekka Kauranen, and announced his resignation. [2] Instead the company nominated Franck to the dual post of Artistic Director and General Music Director. [3] [4] His term in both posts finished in 2013. [5] Franck became music director of Radio France's Orchestre philharmonique in September 2015. [6]

Franck and opera director Martina Pickert married in 2006 and divorced in 2010.

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  1. Hako, P., Keskusteluja ja kirjoituksia (Discussions and writings; "Rautavaara & Franck"). WSOY 2006. ISBN   978-951-0-31058-8
  2. Vivien Schweitzer (15 February 2007). "With Harsh Words, Conductor Mikko Franck Resigns From Finnish National Opera". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 19 December 2007.
  3. "Mikko Franck nominated for post of Artistic Director and General Music Director" (Press release). Finnish National Opera. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007.[ permanent dead link ]
  4. "Mikko Franck appointed Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera" (Press release). Finnish National Opera. 18 November 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007.
  5. "Eight premieres at the Finnish National Opera in the 2013–2014 season" (Press release). Finnish National Opera. 8 May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  6. Guillaume Decalf (17 September 2020). "Mikko Franck poursuit l'aventure avec le Philharmonique de Radio France". France Musique. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
Cultural offices
Preceded by Music Director, Belgian National Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Music Director, Finnish National Opera
Succeeded by
Michael Güttler (principal conductor)
Preceded by Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Succeeded by