Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen
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Kristiina Poska chief-conductor till 2025

Kristiina Poska joined the Flanders Symphony Orchestra as chief conductor in October 2019. After three successful seasons, her contract was extended until 2025. "Kristiina Poska gives Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen wings. Between all her travels as guest conductor of top-level European orchestras, her permanent engagement as chief conductor of Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen feels every time like coming home." says Geert Dhondt, president of the board of directors. From 13 to 22 October, Poska will usher in the renewed collaboration during 'Enigma', the season opener with music by Edward Elgar, Carl Nielsen and Michael Fine.

Beethoven, Scandinavia & young talent

Under the wings of Estonian Kristiina Poska, the orchestra pursues a double artistic course. With a focus on early Romantic repertoire - and Ludwig van Beethoven in particular - on the one hand, and music from the geographical axis of England, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia on the other. As co-initiator of the SOV Conducting Masterclass, she created a new talent development project for young conductors. Which celebrated its third edition in August 2022.

An international match

As opportunities for live concerts were scarce during the last two seasons, Poska and the orchestra worked behind the scenes on a quality series of recordings. This gave both parties a chance to get strongly attuned to each other and to get to know each other, both as musicians and as people. 

“From the start I could immediately identify myself with the fresh, inspiring and committed way in which Flanders Symphony Orchestra makes music and with the unique atmosphere of the historical Bijloke concert hall in Ghent, which could not better represent the mentality and way of making music I believe in — based on awareness of the past, looking to the future with flexibility and curiosity, and cherishing the mystery of the moment.” - Kristiina Poska.

"Poska revels in the orchestra's stylistic awareness, describing its sound as 'flexible, transparent, with the ability to be very slim but at the same time very powerful'. One might add to that fresh, clean and punchy brass and woodwind, and zippy strings that manage to combine agility and transparency with genuine tonal allure." — Andrew Mellor in Gramophone Magazine.