Susanna Malkki Conducts Haydn and Strauss

The New York Philharmonic

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Susanna Mälkki Conducts Haydn, Strauss, and Unsuk Chin


David Geffen Hall

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1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Susanna Mälkki conducts Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, from its iconic opening fanfare to its concluding chord evoking the mystery of the universe, and Haydn’s Philosopher Symphony, with some of his most original music. Also on the program: Šu, with sheng virtuoso Wu Wei as soloist; the composer, our Marie-Josée Kravis Prize winner Unsuk Chin, associates the instrument with “yearning for a distant sound.” 



Symphony No. 22, Philosopher


Unsuk Chin

Šu, for Sheng and Orchestra


R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra


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

Wu Wei


Wu Wei


Wu Wei


Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei has performed with such leading orchestras and ensembles as the Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has played with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Kent Nagano, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, Myung Whun Chung, Susanna Mälkki, Ilan Volkov, Markus Stenz, and Matthias Pintscher.

Wu Wei has appeared at prestigious festivals, including the BBC Proms, Paris Autumn Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Warsaw Autumn, and Musica Nova Helsinki. He has performed in venues worldwide, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Log Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet.

Wu Wei has performed the World Premieres of 400 works, including 20 concertos for sheng and orchestra by composers such as Cage, Unsuk Chin, Jukka Tiensuu, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Guus Janssen, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Ondřej Adámek, Liza Lim, and Huang Ruo. A prolific composer himself, he has received commissions from the Royaumont and Civitella Ranieri Foundations, among others.

He is a winner of Germany’s Musica Vitale competition, German Global Root Award, German Record Critics’ Award, and Edinburgh International Festival Herald Angels Prize, and he was named best soloist at the Chinese Music Awards 2017. He has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, and Wergo labels. His recording Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon) garnered the International Classical Music Award and BBC Music Magazine Award in 2015. His performance was one of the highlights of the BBC Proms in 2014.

Wu Wei studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and Hanns Eisler Academy Berlin with a DAAD scholarship. He has developed the ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music.

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