Timeline: Osmo Vänskä's tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra

October 1, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With today's announcement of Osmo Vänskä's resignation as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, here is a timeline of important milestones and highlights during Vänskä's tenure.

May 2001

Osmo Vänskä named new music director of Minnesota Orchestra, a post that will become effective in 2003

Sept. 2003

Vänskä becomes the 10th music director in Minnesota Orchestra history

2004

First full tour of Europe led by Osmo Vänskä, including Vienna, Berlin and London

December: Vänskä named Conductor of the Year 2005 by Musical America

2005

January: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album of Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 5 (BIS 1416)

Orchestra embarks on Regional Minnesota Tours, performing in cities in Greater Minnesota

Orchestra honored with Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming

2006

March 26: Brian Newhouse and Osmo Vänskä co-host a music performance and discussion at Barnes & Noble, Edina. In addition to speaking, conducting and signing autographs, Vänskä performs on clarinet


Vänskä greets fans and signs autographs at an event at Barnes & Noble in Edina, Minn., on March 26, 2006. (Michael McGraw for MPR)

Orchestra embarks on Regional Minnesota Tours, performing in cities in Greater Minnesota

Vänskä premieres his original work, Here! ... Beyond?


  Vänskä rehearses his instrument in a New York hotel room (The New York Times / Andrea Mohin)

June 27: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album of Beethoven: Symphonies No 3 & 8 (BIS 1516)

August: Tour of European Festivals led by Vänskä, including Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and Helsinki.

September: Minnesota Orchestra performs a free concert at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, in an event dubbed "Osmo at Harriet"

October: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album of Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (BIS 1616)

Orchestra honored with Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming

2007

Orchestra embarks on Regional Minnesota Tours, performing in cities in Greater Minnesota

Orchestra honored with Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming

2008

January: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album of Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 6 (BIS 1716)

Orchestra embarks on Regional Minnesota Tours, performing in cities in Greater Minnesota

Vänskä's composition The Bridge, written as a reflection on the 2007 collapse of the 35W bridge, premiered by the Minnesota-based Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, under music director William Schrickel

August: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album of Beethoven: Symphonies No 2 & 7 (BIS 1816)

Orchestra earns the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music Vänskä presented with an honorary doctorate by the University of Minnesota  
Vänskä was awarded his honorary degree at the University of Minnesota's 2008 College Concert (Greg Helgeson)

2009

March: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases Stephen Paulus's oratorio album: To Be Certain Of The Dawn (BIS 1726)

Second full tour of Europe led by Vänskä.


On tour (image courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra)

2010

March: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, performs at Carnegie Hall, inspiring The New Yorker's Alex Ross to write, "For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world."

April: Minnesota Orchestra releases album Tchaikovsky: Romantic Piano Concertos Vol. 50 (Concertos 1, 2 & 3/ Concerto Fantasia), conducted by Vänskä, with pianist Stephen Hough

June: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases album Bruckner: Symphony No 4 (BIS 1746)

August: European Festivals tour, including two performances at the BBC Proms (56 & 57) in London, to critical acclaim


  Osmo Vanska and Petroc Trelawny in the BBC studios. (BBC photo)

Vänskä given the Dinton Award by Columbia University, honored for his support of American music

Vänskä named 2010 Artist of the Year by Minneapolis Star Tribune

2011

January: Minnesota Orchestra releases Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 (BIS 1758), led by Vänskä with Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

Orchestra honored with Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming

2012

January: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases Sibelius: Symphonies No 2 & 5 (BIS 1986)


Leading a Minnesota Orchestra rehearsal (Star Tribune)

Orchestra honored with Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming

October: Labor dispute lockout begins

2013

January: Vänskä conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its Asian tour


Vänskä conducting the CSO during its concert in Taipei (Todd Rosenberg)

March: Minnesota Orchestra, led by Vänskä, releases Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 (BIS 1996)

Oct. 1: Vänskä resigns as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra


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