Tchaikovsky, La Mer & Salonen

The New York Philharmonic

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Tchaikovsky, La Mer & Salonen


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jan, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2018

Friday, 2:00 PM


Jan, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Susanna Mälkki, Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year, leads the Philharmonic in La Mer, a richly layered seascape of glistening sounds — from iridescent light dancing on peaceful waters to the dramatic crashing of waves. Also, on the program: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix (an “exuberant showpiece” — The New York Times), and Baiba Skride (“effortless virtuosity and intensity” — Sunday Times) interprets Tchaikovsky’s ravishing Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved in the repertoire.



Violin Concerto


Esa-Pekka Salonen

Helix (New York Concert Premiere)



La Mer


Susanna Mälkki


Susanna Mälkki


Susanna Malkki


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.

Learn more about Susanna Mälkki

Baiba Skride


Baiba Skride


Baiba Skride


Violinist Baiba Skride has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Boston, NHK, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with conductors including Olari Elts, Christoph Eschenbach, Edward Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Andris Poga, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Dima Slobodeniouk, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds, and Xian Zhang.

In 2017–18 she returns to the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Also this season, she makes her debuts with the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras, tours Spain with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and performs in Stockholm’s Konserthuset with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

With contemporary music central to her music-making, in February 2017 she performed the World Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Bayan with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; this season she reprises the work with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Last season she formed the Skride Quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh, and Lise Berthaud, which this season appears at the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, among others. She also performs in quintet with Alban Gerhard, Brett Dean, Gergana Gergova, and Amihai Grosz at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Philharmonie Luxembourg, and Zurich’s Tonhalle.

Born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia, where she began her studies, Ms. Skride transferred to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock in 1995 and won First Prize in the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition. She plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius kindly loaned to her by the Neaman family through the Beares International Violin Society.

Learn more about Baiba Skride

Special Thanks

Esa-Pekka Salonen is The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence.

Susanna Mälkki's appearance is made possible with generous support from the Sorel Organization.

These concerts are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.


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