Susanna Mälkki [...] knows instinctively when to unobtrusively tighten the emotional screws and when to sit back and simply let us take in Bartók's flabbergasting orchestral canvas. Pacing and phrasing are exemplary...Gramophone
Susanna Mälkki is sought-after at the highest level with symphony orchestras, in opera houses and with contemporary music ensembles. Currently in her fifth season as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to challenge audiences with a fresh and impressively broad approach to programming. Plans continue, too, for her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she is Principal Guest Conductor.
Susanna Mälkki’s 2020/21 season with the Helsinki Philharmonic has experimentation and expanded collaborations as hallmarks of the adapted performance schedule, serving her community with more socially distanced performances and media collaborations. Additionally this season, she guest conducts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. She will debut at the “Festival d’Aix en Provence” in July 2021, where she will conduct the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s new opera Innocence, with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Previous major operatic appearances include the Opéra national de Paris, conducting Boesmans’ Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne (2020), Dvořák’s Rusalka (2019) and the world premiere of Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort (2017). In 2018 she debuted at the Wiener Staatsoper in Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod and December 2016 marked her debut at The Metropolitan Opera for its premiere of Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin (directed by Robert Lepage). Following this success, she will return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2022 for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.