Susanna Mälkki’s 2019–20 season includes returns to the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre national de Lyon, and the Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras. Ms. Mälkki makes debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Recent engagements include the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus “Portrait” artist), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
The 2019–20 season marks Ms. Mälkki’s fourth season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include premieres by leading national composers Kaija Saariaho and Lotta Wennäkoski, a new work by Felipe Lara (co-commissioned with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), a tour to Belgium, and the continuation of the orchestra’s Bartók Trilogy recordings (BIS Records). In her third season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Mälkki conducts Holst’s The Planets, Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite, and a new composition by Saariaho; together with Leila Josefowicz she pays tribute to the late Oliver Knussen with a specially curated New Music Group concert centred around his chamber music and a performance of his Violin Concerto.
A renowned opera conductor, Susanna Mälkki makes debuts at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in 2020 with the world premiere of Saariaho’s Innocence, and returns to the Opéra national de Paris to conduct Philippe Boesmans’s Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne. Past engagements include Dvořák’s Rusalka in 2019 and the world premiere of Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort in 2017. In 2018 and 2016, Ms. Mälkki made critically acclaimed debuts at the Vienna Staatsoper (leading Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod, and The Metropolitan Opera (Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin). She previously collaborated with Francesconi on Quartett and was the first woman to conduct a production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, in 2011, returning in 2014. Other opera highlights include Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Finnish National Opera, and her Hamburg Staatsoper debut conducting Janáček’s Jenůfa.