Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by symphony orchestras and in opera houses at the highest level worldwide. She appears regularly with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including the Helsinki Philharmonic (where she is chief conductor emeritus and served as chief conductor from 2016 until 2023), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (where she was principal guest conductor from 2017 until 2022), The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic. At the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Mälkki served as music director of the Ensemble intercontemporain from 2006 to 2013.
Equally in demand with major opera houses, her past notable engagements have included the Opéra national de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, and London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Operatic titles this season and beyond show Mälkki’s versatility in the art form; they include Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Faure’s Penelope, and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
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 honors — in 2011. In France she has been named an Officier (2014) and Commandeur (2022) de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in January 2016 she was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. 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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