Principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and National Arts Centre in Ottawa, John Storgårds is also artistic director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. Maintaining a dual career as conductor and violin virtuoso, John Storgårds is widely recognized for his creative flair for programming traditional, rare, and contemporary music in his performances. As a guest conductor, he appears with orchestras worldwide. He has won particular acclaim for his interpretations of works Sibelius and Nielsen, and his commitment to discovering new or unknown repertoire has resulted in many world premiere performances of music by Dean, Saariaho, Nørgård, Korngold, and Sibelius.
He is an active chamber musician at festivals, including the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra’s annual Summer Sounds, and appears frequently as solo violinist with international orchestras. John Storgårds’s discography is vast and showcases his repertoire interests with numerous award-winning recordings with many different orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic. John Storgørds studied violin, composition, and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and violin with Chaim Taub in Israel. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002.