Finnish prodigy Makela to lead Paris Orchestra

The 24-year-old Finnish prodigy Klaus Makela is to be the next musical director of the Paris Orchestra, the French culture ministry said Thursday.

The young conductor will lead the orchestra when the Paris Philharmonie concert hall reopens after the coronavirus lockdown on July 9 with pieces by Ravel and Beethoven.

But Makela will not officially start as musical director until September 2022.

He is currently principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

The acclaimed cellist succeeds the British conductor Daniel Harding, whose time with the orchestra ended last August.

Makela — one of a wave of “flying Finns” who have stormed the heights of classical music in recent years — began his meteoric career at the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017.