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John Storgårds, a Finnish violinist and conductor and Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, was a founding member of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. In 1996, Storgårds became Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. With the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, he became Principal Guest Conductor in 2003 and Chief Conductor in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, Storgårds was Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held the Artistic Directorships of many summer festivals. Outside of Finland, in 2011 Storgårds was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He has made a number of international recordings, winning the Cannes Classical Disc of the Year Award in 2004. He is also making his mark this year with his box set of Sibelius symphonies, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic on the Chandos label.
John Storgårds will become Principal Guest Conductor of the NAC Orchestra from the 2015-16 season, only the second in the Orchestra's history; the first was the late Franz-Paul Decker, who held the position from 1991 to 1999.