Pietari Inkinen attended the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, studying violin at first and then turning to conducting. Since graduating in 2005 he has worked as a guest conductor throughout the world, including appearances with orchestras such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Symphony, to name but a few. In autumn 2013 he stood in at short notice to lead Opera Australia’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the first full Ring cycle ever to be performed in Australia, which garnered high praise in the international press. In 2016 he received further accolades for a revival of the production.
Inkinen was appointed Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in 2015, the year which also marked his eighth and final season as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he now holds the title of Honorary Conductor. During his tenure there the Finnish conductor garnered great public and critical acclaim for international touring and for his CD recordings for Naxos and EMI.
He became Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with effect from the 2016–17 season, where he had previously served as Principal Guest Conductor from 2009. In September 2017 he will also become Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.
Pietari Inkinen will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time.