V‹nsk‹ will conclude a two-decade tenure with the Finnish orchestra, which began when he became music director in 1988. He scaled down his role to chief conductor in 2004; after 2008 it is expected he will become condutor laureate.
During V‹nsk‹'s tenure the Lahti Symphony Orchestra has risen in prominence and made almost 60 recordings, which have received awards from Gramophone and MIDEM. The orchestra toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Japan; his tenure also saw the construction of the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, which will host his last concert in May 2008.
Vanska recently extended his contract with the Minnesota Orchestra through 2011.