‘Unmatched for podium presence’ (New York Classical Review), Susanna Mälkki is one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra since 2016 and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2017, her previous positions include principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (2013–17) and music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2006–13). As guest conductor she has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. She is regularly engaged by the world’s leading opera houses, including the Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, and was the first woman to conduct a production at Teatro alla Scala, Milan (2011).
A former student of the Sibelius Academy, Mälkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam; prior to her conducting studies she had a successful career as a cellist and was one of the principals of the Gothenburg Symphony. Accolades include the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France, Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year and the Nordic Council Music Prize.
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