|Alternative Spellings||Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri|
John Storgårds - Conductor from 2008 to 2015
Leif Segerstam - Conductor from 1995 to 2007
Sergiu Comissiona - Conductor from 1990 to 1993
Okko Kamu - Conductor from 1981 to 1988
Ulf Söderblom - Conductor from 1978 to 1979
Paavo Berglund - Conductor from 1975 to 1979
Jorma Panula - Conductor from 1965 to 1972
Tauno Hannikainen - Conductor from 1951 to 1963
Martti Similä - Conductor from 1945 to 1951
Armas Järnefelt - Conductor from 1942 to 1943
Georg Schnéevoigt - Conductor from 1932 to 1940
Georg Schnéevoigt - Conductor from 1914 to 1916
Robert Kajanus - Conductor from 1882 to 1932
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Finnish: Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri, Swedish: Helsingfors stadsorkester) is a Finnish orchestra based in Helsinki. Its primary concert venue is the Helsinki Music Centre.
In 1882, with the backing of two wealthy businessmen, Robert Kajanus founded the orchestra as the Helsinki Orchestral Society and served as its chief conductor for 50 years. It was the first permanent orchestra in the Nordic countries. In 1914, it merged with its rival ensemble, the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, and acquired its present name. Until 1962, it also served as the orchestra for the Finnish National Opera.
Leif Segerstam was chief conductor of the orchestra from 1995 to 2007, and is now its chief conductor emeritus. John Storgårds became principal guest conductor of the orchestra in 2003, and took up the chief conductorship of the orchestra in the autumn of 2008, with an initial contract of 4 years. Following an initial renewal of his contract through 2014., in October 2013, the orchestra announced a further extension of Storgårds' contract through December 2015, at which time he is scheduled to step down from the chief conductorship of the orchestra. In September 2014, the orchestra announced the appointment of Susanna Mälkki as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2016-2017 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. She is the first female conductor to be named to the post in the orchestra's history.
The orchestra has recorded commercially for such labels as Ondine and Finlandia, as well as a smaller number for the EMI, Warner and Deutsche Grammophon labels. In November 2011, the orchestra was the first ensemble to perform reported sketches for the Symphony No 8 of Jean Sibelius. Wikipedia