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

February 11


Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Truls Mørk, cello
SAARIAHO: Ciel d’hiver
DUTILLEUX: Cello Concerto, Tout un monde lointain…
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1

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

In the Press

"The audience was electrified by his energy as soon as he stepped on the podium. With impulsive gestures, Jukka-Pekka Saraste raised a storm from the explosive WDR Symphony Orchestra … with their perfect synergy, conductor and orchestra prove themselves to be a highly versatile chameleon."

7 December 2015
– Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

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32nd International Music Festival of the Canary Islands

Jukka-Pekka peforms at the 32nd International Music Festival of the Canary Islands

January 20, 2016 – Read more



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