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 NY Philharmonic


The 2017–18 season marks Susanna Mälkki’s debut as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; her highlights there include orchestral works by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, and Richard Strauss. She also enters her second season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, leading works by Mahler, Bartók, and Mozart, among others, as well as a tour to Salzburg and Paris with cellist Truls Mørk. In 2017 she concluded her four-year tenure as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

As a guest conductor, Ms. Mälkki began the 2017–18 season with a return to the Berlin Philharmonic (Berliner Festspiele). She recently returned to The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco, Chicago, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras, and in March 2017 she made her London Symphony Orchestra debut, and returns there in April 2018. Other forthcoming engagements include the New York Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and her Czech Philharmonic debut. She has previously conducted the New World, Bavarian Radio, and BBC (at the BBC Proms) symphony orchestras as well as the London Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and La Fenice Philharmonic Orchestra. 

A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki makes her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2018 in Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in December 2016 leading Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin, and returned to the Opéra national de Paris in spring 2017 for the World Premiere of Trompe-la-Mort by Luca Francesconi, with whom she had previously collaborated on Quartett. In 2011 she became the first woman to conduct a production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; she returned there in 2014. Other highlights include Janáček’s The Makropulos Case (Opéra national de Paris), R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Finnish National Opera), and her debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper for Janáček’s Jenůfa.

As a student at the Sibelius Academy, Susanna Mälkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. Prior to studying conducting, she had a successful career as a cellist, serving as one of the Gothenburg Symphony’s principals from 1995 to 1998. Her honors include receiving the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honors (2011), and being elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London (2010), a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France (2016), and Musical America’s Conductor of the Year (2017).

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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.

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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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