Mikko Franck

Biography

Born: April 1, 1979; Helsinki, Finland  
Mikko Franck is one of the leading European conductors of his generation. He has become a major figure on the concert stage, as well as in the opera pit, etching out one of the most successful conducting careers ever achieved by an artist before reaching the age of 30. His repertory is broad, encompassing operas by Mozart, Wagner, Mussorgsky, and Puccini, and concert works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Rautavaara, and many others.

Franck was
Read more born on April 1, 1979 in Helsinki, Finland, the youngest of five children. His father was a pianist. Mikko began study of the violin at the age of 5 and at 13 entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as one of its most precocious students. He took further music instruction in Sweden, New York, and Israel. In 1995, at 16, he tried his hand at conducting (a Haydn symphony), and afterward decided to take up the baton. Initially, he took private lessons from Jorma Panula, then two years later had further studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy, earning his diploma in just a year.

By 2002, Franck had conducted many orchestras in his native Finland, as well as several important ones abroad, including the Philharmonia, the London Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. In September 2002, he was appointed music director and chief conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra. That same year, his first recording was released on the Ondine label, Sibelius' En Saga and Lemminkäinen Legends, which received a Grammy nomination.

In 2004 Franck accepted the appointment of music director of the Finnish National Opera. With his career in meteoric ascent, he began to experience an unusual problem for a young conductor -- frequent cancellations. To cite one of the most prominent, he missed two dates with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. The reason -- Franck had suffered a knee injury playing soccer at 12, and while that affliction healed over time, it forced him to overcompensate on his right side during certain activity, leading to back problems.

Franck's career, however, has hardly been derailed, since he has remained in great demand: the New York Philharmonic -- as well as other major orchestras -- has offered further invitations. He has remained a familiar figure in the recording studio, as well, with efforts like his Rautavaara collection, entitled Book of Visions (2006), also on Ondine. Read less
Browse 1-9 of 9 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Korngold Die Tote Stadt / Franck, Vogt, Nylund, Eiche, Nordqvist
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1121 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Markus Eiche,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Camilla Nylund,  Sari Nordqvist  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Apotheosis: The Best of Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1081 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Mikko Franck,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi / Franck, Hynninen, Rantanen, Finnish National Opera Orchestra
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4009 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Nicholas Söderlund,  Aki Alamikkotervo,  Pauliina Linnosaari,  Jorma Hynninen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra
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    Sallinen: The Red Line / Franck, Hynninen, Nisula, Finnish National Opera
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4008 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Aki Alamikkotervo,  Paivi Nisula,  Marko Puustinen,  Pertti Makela  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Chorus,  Finnish National Opera Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Rautavaara: The 8 Symphonies
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1145 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck,  Max Pommer,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian National Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Scene D'amore - Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, Etc / Soile Isokoski, Mikko Franck, Helsinki Po
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1126 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Theodorakis: Sadduzäer-passion
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32762 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikis Theodorakis
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Stephan: Die Ersten Menschen / Franck, Gustafson, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5028 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rudi Stephan
    Performer:  Donnie Ray Albert,  Sarah Nemtanu,  Wolfgang Millgramm,  Nancy Gustafson  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Rautavaara: Angels And Visitations
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1079 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Richard Stoltzman,  Ralf Gothóni,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck,  Leif Segerstam,  Max Pommer,  Timo Nuoranne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian National Orchestra,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Rautavaara: Book Of Visions, Etc / Franck, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1064 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian National Orchestra
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    Rautavaara: Rasputin / Salminen, Paasikivi, Franck
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4002 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen,  Lilli Paasikivi,  Jorma Hynninen,  Ritva-Liisa Korhonen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra,  Finnish National Opera Chorus
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  • 12.
    Rautavaara: The House Of The Sun / Mikko Franck, Oulu So
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Anne-Kristiina Kaappola,  Raija Regnell,  Ulla Raiskio,  Petri Backstrom  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oulu Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6;  Rautavaara: Apotheosis / Franck
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Sibelius Favourites
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 992 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Kajanus,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula,  Jean Sibelius,  Péter Csaba,  Tuomas Ollila  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir,  Virtuosi di Kuhmo  ... 
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    Sibelius: Lemminkainen, En Saga / Mikko Franck, Swedish Rso
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 953 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Håkan Olsson,  Niklas Andersson
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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