Welcome to the website

Official website for the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne. Catch up on his latest news, press and recordings, watch video clips and find out where he is conducting next. More


Have a look at the Notes section where you can read the latest reflections and observations by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. More

WDR Symphony Orchestra 2015/16 Season

Find out where you can catch Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony perform throughout the 2015/16 seasonMore

Recent Recordings

Browse his extensive discography, including recordings of Mahler, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Brahms with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. More

Next Concert

December 4 & 5


WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne

Johannes Wohlmacher, cello
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 2
SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 4

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - 4th Movement
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

In the Press

"That refusal to indulge, to realise musically what is there but not exaggerate it, can make Mahler seem a greater and more forward-looking composer, at least when played with this degree of skill and commitment.”

6 November 2015
– Classical Source

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Brahms in China and South Korea

WDR Sinfonieorchester tour with Brahms cycle

October 6, 2015 – Read more




This year´s Sibelius Festival in Lahti features 5 Finnish conductors and 3 orchestras performing all the symphonies of Sibelius

September 1, 2015 – Read more




San Sebastian, Salzburg and Shanghai: plans for home and abroad for the WDR Symphony next season
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June 13, 2015 – Read more