The absolute integrity of her music-making, her clear, unmannered command, her knack for clarifying the densest orchestral textures, for inspiring players to give something extra, showed in pairings of standard symphonic works by Beethoven and her compatriot Jean Sibelius.Chicago Tribune
A conductor of intelligence and vision, Susanna Mälkki is sought-after at the highest level with symphony orchestras, in opera houses and with contemporary music ensembles. As she enters her fifth season as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and fourth season as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she continues to challenge audiences with a fresh and impressively broad approach to programming.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has only slightly curtailed a busy calendar as preparations continued over the summer, 2020 for her postponed debut at the “Festival d’Aix en Provence”, where she will conduct the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s new opera Innocence in July, 2021 with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Susanna Mälkki’s autumn 2020 season as Chief Conductor with the Helsinki Philharmonic will have experimentation and expanded collaborations as hallmarks of the adapted performance schedule, serving her community with more socially distanced performances and media collaborations. Additionally, she will guest conduct with the Montréal Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as begin preparations for a new production of Die Walküre at the Finnish National Opera which premieres in January 2021.
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).