Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, welcomes the appointment of Klaus Mäkelä as musical director of the Orchestre de Paris.

«The arrival of Klaus Mäkelä is an opportunity, a symbol, a promise for the Orchestre de Paris and its influence in Europe and in the world», Franck Riester, Minister of Culture.

Klaus Mäkelä has become, at only 24 years old, a key figure of conductors and one of the most promising and talented of his generation.

Musical director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season, Klaus Mäkelä has distinguished himself as the first guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and as associate artist of the Tapiola Sinfonietta. His international success is reflected in collaborations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

His debut in Paris, first at the Orchestre de Paris in June 2019 and then at Radio France’s Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2020, was unanimously acclaimed. Eager to translate into action the orchestra’s integration into the Philharmonie, Klaus Mäkelä will pursue the Orchestre de Paris' development strategy in its international tours and in its partnerships with the Aix-en-Provence Festival in particular.

This appointment is a new stage for the Orchestre de Paris. Franck Riester wishes to salute the work of Daniel Harding at the head of the orchestra.