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Hannu Lintu is a prominent Finnish conductor, known for exploring neglected orchestral repertoire, as well as for promoting contemporary music. Trained in piano and cello at the Turku Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy, he studied conducting with Atso Almila, Jorma Panula, and Eri Klas, and participated in master classes with Ilja Musin. He also received instruction from Myung-Whun Chung. In 1994 he won the the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen, and in 1996 graduated with honors from the Sibelius Academy. Lintu was the chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1998 to 2001, and served as chief conductor and artistic director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2005. In 2005 he was the artistic director of the Summer Sounds Festival of the Finnish contemporary music ensemble, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 he became chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2010 was named chief conductor designate of the Finnish Radio Symphony. Lintu is also the principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. In addition to performing with orchestras across Europe, he has guest conducted in North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. He has led many of the world's finest orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Lintu has recorded for Ondine, Alba, Naxos, Ricordi, Claves, Hyperion, and Danacord.