Mikko Franck was born in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland. He began his conducting career at the early age of 17, and has since worked with major orchestras and opera houses across the world.
From 2002 to 2007, Mikko Franck was Music Director of the Belgian National Orchestra. In 2006, he took up the position of General Music Director of Finnish National Opera, and the following year was appointed Artistic Director and General Music Director, a dual position he held until August 2013.
In September 2015, Mikko Franck became Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Since assuming this position, he has been deeply committed to nurturing the orchestra’s creative and eclectic style of programming, and has led them on tours of Europe, China, and South Korea. His initial contract has twice been extended, most recently until September 2025.
Mikko Franck’s considerable discography, consisting of both symphonic and operatic works, includes several recordings with the orchestra, most recently Franck by Franck, with César Franck’s Symphony in D minor and his rarely performed symphonic poem, Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne; and Strauss, featuring Burleske, Serenade and Tod und Verklärung.
In addition to fulfilling a busy concert schedule in Paris, Mikko Franck works regularly with major orchestras within Europe and beyond. Equally devoted to opera, he is frequently invited by leading opera houses, including Vienna State Opera, and will make his début this season at Bavarian State Opera with Parsifal.
In February 2018, Mikko Franck was nominated Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF France. Upon his nomination he stated: “Every child is unique; every life is important. Every child, regardless of their origin, should have the right to live in a safe and healthy environment, to follow their dreams, and to realise their full potential”.
Hilary Hahn & Sibelius
FINSE SAGEN EN VOLKSMUZIEK