was born in 1979 in Helsinki, Finland. He began his conducting career at the age of 17 and has since worked with leading orchestras and opera houses across the world. From 2002 to 2007, Mikko Franck was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique. In 2006, he took up the position of General Music Director of the Finnish National Opera, and the following year was appointed Artistic Director and General Music Director, a dual position he held until August 2013. Since September 2015, Mikko Franck has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, his contract with the orchestra having recently been extended for a further four seasons. In September 2017, he also became Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 2017-18, as well as fulfilling a demanding concert schedule in Paris and Rome, Mikko Franck was invited to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra (December 2017) and the Berliner Philharmoniker (January and May 2018). In May 2019 he will return to the podium of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Previous tours with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France have included Europe, China and South Korea. During 2018-19, Mikko Franck and the orchestra will travel to Germany and Austria, with concerts in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Vienna, followed by a tour of Spain in March 2019. Equally devoted to the operatic repertoire, he has in recent seasons conducted the Wiener Staatsoper productions of »La Bohème«, »Salome«, »Lohengrin«, »Josephs Legende«, »Elektra«, »Tosca«, »La Fanciulla del West«, »Die tote Stadt«, and »Tristan und Isolde«. In November 2018 he conducts »Pelléas et Mélisande« at the Semperoper Dresden. In February 2018, Mikko Franck was nominated Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF France. Through this role he will support UNICEF in its important work around the world.