Welcome to the website

Official website for the Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester. Catch up on his latest news and find out where he is conducting next. More


See Jukka-Pekka’s profile on Idagio where you can stream and listen to many of his recordings in high qualityMore

WDR Sinfonieorchester 2016/2017

View the new season brochure and find out where you can see WDR Sinfonieorchester and Jukka-Pekka perform throughout 2016/2017More

Recent Recordings

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

Notes & Interviews

Read interviews with Jukka-Pekka Saraste here, as well as his recent reflections and observations. More

Next Concert

March 5 & 6


Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra

Anna Vinnitskaya, piano
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 18
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 Op. 64

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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne

In the Press

"…a hyper-focused, hyper-precise opening. Saraste drove constantly onwards – taking in impish woodwind solos and astonishing pianissimos – to the ecstatic, brass-driven close. It was a hard-to-beat performance."

December 2016
– The Guardian

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DIRIGENTENFORM des Deutschen Musikrates zu Gast beim WDR Sinfonieorchester
Kleiner Sendesaal des WDR

Ciarán McAuley
Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Dirigentenforum 2016

Masterclasses with Jukka-Pekka and WDR Sinfonieorchester

November 19, 2016 – Read more




Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Sinfonieorchester release their recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on the Profil Hänssler label


October 14, 2016 – Read more


Bartok Cover

Bartók – Going to the Roots of Music

Jukka-Pekka discusses this season’s composer-in-focus with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the importance of seeking authentic musical roots and expression

September 30, 2016 – Read more