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MN Orchestra’s Vanska to hold same role in Seoul; Position to run concurrent with MN job

By Marianne Combs

MPR News/90.1

Minnesota Orchestra’s music director, Osmo Vänskä, has been named music director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.

Vänskä will lead both orchestras concurrently and will continue to be based in Minneapolis. His three-year contract with the Seoul Philharmonic begins in January of 2020. Vänskä previously announced he plans to step down from the Minnesota Orchestra when his contract expires in 2022.

It’s not uncommon for music directors to work with multiple orchestras, dividing their time among them.

Vänskä is also principal guest conductor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and holds the title of conductor laureate with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland.