“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 between 2017 and 2021, her previous positions include Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (2013–17) and Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2006–13).
As a guest conductor, she has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia 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, Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Metropolitan Opera. This upcoming season she visits The Royal Opera House, London with Saariaho’s Innocence, which Mälkki premiered in 2021 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona for Puccini’s Il trittico.
In 2010, Mälkki was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2011, she was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland and in 2016 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France. In 2017, she was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year and was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.
(Photo Credit: Chris Lee)