World-famous conductor Okko Kamu has conducted orchestras around the world. His titles include chief conductorships with Lahti Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Kamu is the principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Swedish Royal Music Academy.
Kamu came to prominence in 1969 by winning the first Karajan International Conducting Competition in Berlin, an achievement which led to engagements in Europe and the USA and the first recordings he made with the Berlin Philharmoniker.
Okko Kamu was born into a musical family in Helsinki. His father played double bass in the Helsinki Philharmonic and he began playing the violin at the age of two with his first teacher, Väinö Arjava, who led his father’s orchestra, before he continued lessons with Onni Suhonen at the Sibelius Academy where he also studied the piano.
Okko Kamu’s guest appearances read as a roll call of major orchestras and opera houses around the world including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Berlin Philharmonic and Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Amongst the opera houses are New York’s Metropolitan, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, The Bolshoi and Kirov in Russia plus Zürich and Göteborg.