The 2018–19 season marks Susanna Mälkki’s third as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the World Premiere of a work by Enno Poppe, and a tour of Central Europe with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Following an acclaimed first season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Mälkki launches 2018–19 with the World Premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra; other projects include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and a staged performance of Sibelius’s The Tempest.
A guest conductor at the highest level worldwide, in 2018–19 Ms. Mälkki returns to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus “Portrait” artist), hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, among others. Recent engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and her Czech Philharmonic Orchestra debut. Ms. Mälkki has previously worked with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (at the BBC Proms), Oslo Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Teatro La Fenice.
A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki returns to the Opéra national de Paris in 2019 to conduct Dvořák’s Rusalka. Past engagements include Luca Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort (World Premiere, 2017) and Janáček’s The Makropolous Case. In 2018 and 2016 she made critically-acclaimed debuts at the Vienna Staatsoper, leading Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she conducted Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin. She previously collaborated with Francesconi on Quartett, and in 2011 was the first woman to conduct a production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where she returned in 2014. Other opera highlights include Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Finnish National Opera, and her Hamburg Staatsoper debut conducting a revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa.