Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the highest level symphony orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Currently in her sixth season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to fascinate audiences with her insightful interpretations, extending the repertory with a fresh and an impressively broad approach to programming. She is also principal guest conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Susanna Mälkki appears regularly with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic, as well as the New York Philharmonic, with which she makes her Carnegie Hall debut in the 2021–22 season. Equally in demand with major opera houses, her past notable appearances include engagements at the Opéra national de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she will return in 2022 for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other future operatic titles include Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, also at the Opéra national de Paris, and Puccini’s Il trittico, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Recognized for her significant contribution to the art form, Susanna Mälkki was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland — one of Finland’s highest honours — in 2011. She was made the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2014, and in January 2016 she was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a member of the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm. 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.
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