Biography

The result is a thrilling bit of gladiatorial combat, and Mälkki and the orchestra delivered it with abundant power and precision.

Chicago Classical Review

A much sought-after artist on the international conducting circuit, Susanna Mälkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses around the world.

The 2017/18 season marks Mälkki’s debut year as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic – highlights will include orchestral works by Berlioz, Mendelssohn and Strauss. Mälkki also enters her second season as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, directing works by Mahler, Bartók and Mozart, among others, as well as a concert 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.

 

A guest conductor at the highest level worldwide, Mälkki begins the 2017/18 season with a return to the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berliner Festspiele). She recently returned to the San Francisco, The Cleveland, Chicago Symphony and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, and in March 2017 made her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (she returns in April 2018). Other forthcoming engagements include returns to the New York Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony orchestras, as well as her Czech Philharmonic Orchestra debut. She has previously conducted the New World Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, London Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic and Philadelphia orchestras, BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC Proms), Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Teatro La Fenice.

Under Malkki’s baton, the whirling finale was diamond-bright.

Mercury News

A former student at the Sibelius Academy, Mälkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. Prior to her conducting studies, she had a successful career as a cellist and from 1995 to 1998 was one of the principals of the Gothenburg Symphony. In June 2010 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and she is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2011, Mälkki was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honours, and in January 2016 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France.