Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the highest level symphony orchestras, opera houses, and contemporary music ensembles. Currently in her fifth season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to challenge audiences with a fresh and impressively broad approach to programming. Plans continue, too, for her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she is principal guest conductor.
To close the 2020–21 season, Susanna Mälkki will return to the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Helsinki Philharmonic, before she makes her debut at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, where she conducts the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Innocence with the London Symphony Orchestra in July 2021.
Ms. Mälkki appears regularly with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic. In the 2021–22 season she appears for the first time on the Carnegie Hall stage in a performance with the New York Philharmonic.
Equally in demand with major opera houses, past notable appearances include at Opéra national de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she will return in 2022 for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other future operatic titles include Berg’s Wozzeck, Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, Puccini’s Il trittico, and Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Recognized for her significant contribution to the art form, Susanna Mälkki was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2010. She was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland — one of Finland’s highest honors — in 2011, and the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2014, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in France in January 2016. In October 2016 she was named Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year, and in November 2017 she was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.