Susanna Mälkki is sought after at the highest level with symphony orchestras and in opera houses worldwide. In the 2022–23 season she concludes her seven-year tenure as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with a distinctive dynamism and imaginative flair to her programming. In addition to her full season in Finland, she leads the orchestra on tour to the prestigious Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals and in concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Mälkki regularly appears with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic — where she served as principal guest conductor from 2017 until 2022 — and the New York Philharmonic, 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.
Equally in demand with major opera houses, her past notable appearances include the Opéra national de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and The Metropolitan Opera. This season she visits The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, leading Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence (which Mälkki premiered in 2021 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu to preside over Puccini’s Il trittico. Future opera engagements include 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 the country’s highest honors — in 2011. In France, she was made the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014 and in January 2016 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. She is a fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music and a member of Stockholm’s Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien. 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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