Finally, Osmo Vänskä has broken his silence and given a full, on-the-record interview about his relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra. Of course, he didn't answer every single question the interviewer had: Vänskä declined to comment when asked, quite explicitly, whether returning to serve as a guest conductor with the orchestra would be like sex with an ex.
Vänskä's interlocutor, in a video interview just published on YouTube, is Nick Cannellakis, a cellist who satirically "interviews" the likes of Leon Fleisher; the Emerson String Quartet; and David Finckel and Wu Han.
In his interview with Vänskä, Cannellakis ascertains whether "Osmo" is short for anything (it's not) and confirms that Sibelius wasn't actually Norwegian.
Vänskä: "Don't try to tell me that he wasn't Finnish."
Cannellakis: "He wasn't finished with what?"
What an utterly disgraceful interview! I am surprised Vanska did not walk out.
How on Earth did Osmo get tangled up with those two jerks?