“Ich stehe an einem Wenderpunkt”

Susanna Mälkki ist eine der begehrtesten Dirigentinnen dieser Zeit. Aktuell arbeitet die Finnin mit den Münchner Philharmonikern an Werken des 20. Jahrhunderts. Es läuft gut bei ihr – und dennoch wird das neue Jahr für sie vor allem von einem geprägt sein: Veränderung.


Kira Sophie Lorenz

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La revolución de las directoras de orquesta

"Los directores estaban en una posición de autoridad y de poder y nuestro entendimiento sobre el liderazgo ya es otro."

La Vanguardia

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‘Il Trittico’ del Liceu, en el túnel del tiempo

Después de 35 años 'Il Trittico' regresa íntegro al Gran Teatre barcelonés en la aplaudida ­producción firmada por Lotte de Beer

Ópera Actual

Lourdes Morgades

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Susanna Mälkki: “Cada obra de ‘Il trittico’ es un desafío distinto”

La directora finlandesa, una de las más solicitadas, debuta en el Liceu con tres óperas de un solo acto de Puccini.

El Periódico

Marta Cervera

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Conductor Susanna Mälkki: ‘All the crossroads in my life have been risk-taking’

The award-winning Finnish conductor on being a natural explorer and why enthusiasm is contagious

Financial Times

Hester Lacey

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Forbes: 50 Over 50

In 2016, Mälkki, a Finnish conductor and cellist, was the first woman appointed chief conductor of the 144-year-old Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Mälkki made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Philharmonic this month.

Forbes Magazine

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Die Dolmetscherin

Mälkki gibt der Grandezza der Musik nämlich eine zweite Dimension, sie durchleuchtet die Partitur förmlich.

Die Zeit

Wolfram Goertz

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A Conductor Considers Her Future

Susanna Mälkki is at the top of her field as major American orchestras search for their next music directors.

The New York Times

Joshua Barone

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On the Podium With Susanna Mälkki

For a relatively small country — about the size of two Wisconsins — Finland has produced some magnificent musicians, conductors, and composers. This Northern European nation can count Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, and Susanna Mälkki as among its finest musical exports.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Victoria Looseleaf

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The Sublime Terror of Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence”

The new opera, which anchored the Aix-en-Provence Festival, is a monumental cry against gun violence.

The New Yorker

Alex Ross

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Aix-en-Provence Festival premieres Kaija Saariaho’s opera, ‘Innocence’

The World premiere of "Innocence", the latest opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho takes place at the Aix-en Provence Festival in southern France. It is a contemporary story about guilt and innocence, which addresses family secrets and bullying.


Philip Andrew Churm

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Symphonies

In the universe of symphonies, five minutes is a very short time — though in some passages, time stops entirely; you’re swept away and no longer know where you are. Music becomes a gateway to Somewhere Else.

New York Times

Angie Wang

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A Reigning Opera Composer Writes of Trauma and ‘Innocence’

Kaija Saariaho’s labyrinthine work, premiering in France after a pandemic delay, is the most anticipated new opera of the year.

New York Times

Joshua Barone

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Susanna Mälkki, la cheffe d’orchestre qui va mettre le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence en ébullition

Elle a toujours jonglé. Entre piano et violoncelle. Archet et baguette. Helsinki, Paris et Los Angeles. La cheffe d’orchestre finlandaise révélée en France par Pierre Boulez apporte son énergie au Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Du 3 au 12 juillet, elle y dirige l’opéra “Innocence”, de Kaija Saariaho. Une création mondiale.


Sophie Bourdais

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Kaija Saariahon Vista loihtii suggestiivisia sävelmaisemia

Kaija Saariahon uudessa teoksessa pastoraalin näköala vaihtuu rajuilmaksi.

Helsingin Hanomat

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Maschile o femminile?

Mälkki: il timore di non essere accolte è un freno. La forza è la musica

Il Giorno

Grazia Lissi

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Avanti tutta con brio: Susanna Mälkki sul podio del Piermarini

Siamo tante, spesso brave

Corriere de la sera

Giuseppina Manin

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La Republica Milano

"Donne sul podio i Paesi del Nord più egualitari dell'Italia"

La Republica Milano

Luigi Di Fronzo

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Tilanne on edelleen tosi huono, kertoo Pariisista kapellimestari Susanna Mälkki – Taiteilija toisena koronakeväänä 2021

Ilmapiiri Pariisissa on apea ja luonnoton, kun kaikki on kiinni. Ihmiset ovat etäällä toisistaan kuin maata kiertävät satelliitit konsanaan, kapellimestari Susanna Mälkki kirjoittaa. Karanteenit ja koronatestit ovat tulleet hänelle erittäin tutuiksi.


Laila Tarpila

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Susanna Mälkki: A Pragmatic Idealist

For Susanna Mälkki, music and art in general serve an essential function: they are bearers of a society’s cultural and intellectual heritage. She embraces the opportunity to share this vision through her performances in the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world, where she is regularly invited to take the podium.

Musical Trajectories: Outstanding Women

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Avec Pierre Audi, Kaija Saariaho et Susanna Malkki, on joue en chœur

Aujourd'hui, Anna Sigalevitch quitte Marseille pour Aix-en-Provence, à une semaine de l'ouverture du Festival d'art lyrique de la ville. Elle est en compagnie de Pierre Audi, directeur général du Festival, de la compositrice Kaija Saariaho et de la cheffe d'orchestre Susanna Malkki.

France Inter

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‘We Can’t Do Our Craft’: Conductors Contend With the Pandemic

With most orchestral concerts canceled, conductors have been largely invisible.

The New York Times

Joshua Barone

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Pariisilaispoliisi ihasteli kapellimestari Susanna Mälkin suomalaista passia – Taiteilija koronakeväänä 2020

Kapellimestari Susanna Mälkin kiireinen kevät sai äkkipysähdyksen, kun koronapandemia seisautti konserttitoiminnan ympäri maailmaa. Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin ylikapellimestarin kotikaupungissa Pariisissa poliisi valvoo tarkasti kaikkea liikkumista.


Laila Kangas & Tiina-Maija Lehtonen

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Conductor Susanna Mälkki returns to Severance Hall

When Susanna Mälkki made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in April of 2015, the Finnish conductor was well on her way to becoming a star in the international conducting firmament. Since that time Mälkki has clearly established herself as one of the leading conductors of our time.

Cleveland Classical

Mike Telin

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The Year In Boston’s Classical Music Scene

Mälkki delivered a thrilling adventure, layers of wind and sea intermingling, teasing each other, arguing with each other, making love. I can’t remember ever hearing a live performance so involving, so thrilling, so thoroughly about so many things.


Lloyd Schwartz

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Crescendo Magazine: Susanna Mälkki, Bartók, Sibelius et Helsinki

Directrice musicale de l’Orchestre Philharmonique d’Helsinki et cheffe invitée principale de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Los Angeles, Susanna Mälkki fait l’événement avec la parution d’un disque exceptionnel consacré à des oeuvres de Bartók pour le label suédois Bis (récompensé d’un Joker de Crescendo Magazine). Alors qu’elle sera en concert en Belgique en octobre prochain, dans le cadre de la Présidence finlandaise de l’Union Européenne, la cheffe répond aux questions de Crescendo Magazine.

Crescendo Magazine

Pierre Jean Tribot

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The Radical Splendor of the L.A. Phil

Before “The Tempest,” Mälkki led a virtuosic, vibrant performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. She is best known for her advocacy of new music—she conducted Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” at the Met in 2016—but she has quietly emerged as a formidable interpreter of the Romantic and early-modern repertory.

The New Yorker

Alex Ross

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Interview with Susanna Mälkki

Susanna Mälkki: “I can only feel free if I forget about myself”

Living the Classical Life

Zsolt Bognár

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yle: Huippukapellimestari oli myös huippusellisti. Susanna Mälkki kuunteli selloäänitteitään vuosien takaa: “Olin aika sykähtynyt!”

Kapellimestari Susanna Mälkki ei soita enää selloa. "Sormiin tulee rakot niin äkkiä." Mälkki kuunteli selloäänitteitään orkesteriharjoituksen jälkeen Musiikkitalossa. Äänitteet ovat kuunneltavissa tämän jutun yhteydessä.


Laila Kangas

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WQXR: 11 Conductors Choose Their Pieces of a Lifetime and the Roads Not Taken

I think I would choose an opera - not only in order to maximize the material, but also to have room for many different experiences doing it with different teams: Tristan. - Susanna Mälkki


James Bennett, II and Max Fine

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5 Questions

Willingness to defend and strengthen those higher values is what creates a strong and flourishing culture. - Susanna Mälkki

I care if you listen

Bruce A. Russell

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Susanna Mälkki on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Susanna Mälkki is Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Before studying conducting at the Sibelius Academy, she was successful cellist, playing as co-principal for the Gothenburg Symphony between 1995-1998.

Notes from the podium

Dr. Hannah Baxter

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Faszination Musik

Mit Gottfried von Einems Dantons Tod gibt die finnische Dirigentin Susanno Mälkki ihr Staatsopern-Debüt. Im Interview erzählt die Wahlpariserin von ihrer Passion für zeitgenössische Musik.

Wien Live

Ursula Scheidl

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Susanna Mälkki loisti nyt Wienissä – valtionoopperan debyytti oli menestys ja pesti Konzerthausissa alkaa

Wienin filharmonikot soitti arkitöissään valtionoopperan orkesterina inspiroituneesti Dantonin kuolema -harvinaisuutta.


Vesa Sirén HS

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Die Frau am Staatsopernpult

Staatsoper: Susanna Mälkki dirigiert die Premiere von Einems „ Dantons Tod“

Kronen Zeitung

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„Das beste aller Instrumente“

Die Finnin Susanna Mälkki gilt als eine der besten Dirigentinnen der Welt. Ein Gespräch über ihren Weg vom Cello zum „Superinstrument“ Orchester.

Die Presse

Teresa Schaur-Wünsch

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Musik als sinnlicher Gegenentwurf

Dirigentin Susanna Mälkki debütiert mit "Dantons Tod" an der Staatsoper und spricht über Machtspiele, Resonanz und Stile.

Wiener Zeitung

Judith Belfkih

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Susanna Mälkki on Sibelius, Elgar, and becoming a conductor

As Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki is in demand around the world. We caught up with her ahead of her return to the LSO on 15 April.

London Symphony Orchestra Blog

Rebecca Sharp

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This Is Lincoln Center podcast with Kristy Geslain

The much sought-after conductor speaks about preparation, collaboration, and defending the intentions of the composer.

Lincoln Center

Kristy Geslain

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Culture Talk

Finnish star-conductor Susanna Mälkki in a Cercle Diplomatique exclusive interview about her debut at the Vienna State Opera, the composer Gottfried von Einem and the orchestra as a polyphonic instrument.


Evelyn Rois & Bruno Stubenrauch

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With every flick of her baton, conductor Susanna Mälkki chips at classical’s glass ceiling

If you did not have a say about your own life, how could you imagine that you could be a boss of an orchestra?

Los Angeles Times

Catherine Womack

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Susanna Mälkillä ja Tero Saarisella on kova työ vedota yltäkylläisyyteen tottuneeseen amerikkalaisyleisöön

Susanna Mälkin ja Tero Saarisen teos saa ensi-iltansa Los Angelesin Walt Disney Hallissa tammikuussa. Suomalaiset pääsevät tekemään yhteistyötä rikkaan Los Angelesin filharmonisen orkesterin kanssa.


Tiina Leinonen

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The highs and lows in classical music in Chicago in 2017

Most rewarding CSO nights at Ravinia: Back-to-back concerts under Susanna Malkki found the orchestra and the brilliant Finnish conductor again working on a high plane of mutual understanding, in unstandard performances of standard repertory by Beethoven and her countryman Jean Sibelius.

Chicago Tribune

John von Rhein

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“Female conductors to watch”

Susanna Malkki: The 48-year-old Finn is chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and a principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The Washington Post

Anne Midgette

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ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Classical Music

Technically outside our time-frame, but you’ll want to book this one early: Susanna Mälkki, perhaps the greatest of the many heroes of last season’s sublime L’amour de loin at the Met, returns to conduct the Philharmonic (January 11-13, David Geffen Hall) in the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix, Debussy’s La Mer, and the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, with soloist Baiba Skride, the Latvian violinist who made such a noteworthy Philharmonic debut last season. Mälkki’s technical command is exceeded only by her deep musicality. It’ll be nice to see her working outside the pit, for a change.


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Susanna Mälkki in conversation with Matthew McDonald

For her second programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Susanna Mälkki conducted a concert as part of Musikfest 2017 which included her Finnish fellow countryman Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony, a Tanz-Walzer by Ferruccio Busoni and Béla Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as the virtuoso soloist.

Berlin Philharmonic

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Huippukapellimestari Susanna Mälkki: ”Olen kohdannut urallani sovinismia, vähättelyä ja pahantahtoisuutta”

Harjoituksissa olen putkeen neljäkin tuntia sadan ihmisen edessä. Siinä tilanteessa on mahdotonta olla koko ajan täydellinen, Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin ylikapellimestari Susanna Mälkki kertoo."


Rosanna Marila

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Classical Notes: Susanna Mälkki returns to San Francisco Symphony

Rare woman who has shattered classical music’s glass ceiling ...

The Mercury News

Georgia Rowe

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Susanna Mälkki makes a welcome return

Each successive visit by the remarkable Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki confirms her place at the forefront of a new generation of musical leaders.

San Francisco Chronicle

Joshua Kosman

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Fissures in Opera’s Glass Ceiling: Women in Opera

We may not have elected a woman president in 2016, but after a 113-year run of presenting operas by men, New York’s Metropolitan Opera finally went with a work composed by a woman: Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” (“Love From Afar”) was not only a triumph for the 64-year old Finn last December, but it also marked the Met debut of Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki, only the fourth woman to grace the podium in that company’s storied history."


Victoria Looseleaf

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Maestrina Susanna Mälkki promete regressar a Lisboa

Finlandesa faz hoje e amanhã últimos concertos após três anos como maestrina convidada principal da Orquestra Gulbenkia."

DN - Artes

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Susanna Mälkki and Iiro Rantala nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2017

The nominees for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2017 have been announced. Finland’s nominees are conductor Susanna Mälkki and pianist Iiro Rantala. Åland – an autonomous region of Finland – has its own nominee, mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt.

Music Finland

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Susanna Mälkki ja Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri saivat eroottisen Turangalîla-sinfonian soimaan loistokkaasti

Messiaenin sinfonia esitetään toisen kerran Musiikkitalossa tänään torstaina klo 19. Sitä voi seurata HSTV:n suorana lähetyksenä.

Helsingin Sanomat

Jukka Isopuro

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Susanna Mälkki – portrait sensible

Chef principal de l’Orchestre symphonique d’Helsinki, Susanna Mälkki entretient une relation privilégiée avec le répertoire contemporain qu'elle s'attache à diffuser et faire connaître. De retour à Paris ce mois-ci, elle dirigera la création mondiale de Trompe-la-mort de Luca Francesconi au Palais Garnier. Elle sera également au pupitre de l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris le 6 avril dans un passionnant programme qui fera dialoguer la création française de Outscape, Concerto pour violoncelle de Pascal Dusapin, avec l'Ouverture de concert de Karol Szymanowski et le gigantisme de Also sprach Zarathustra de Richard Strauss.


David Verdier

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London Symphony Orchestra – Introducing Susanna Mälkki

The Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra steps in for an indisposed Valery Gergiev on Sunday 12 March, making her LSO debut a year earlier than planned. Here’s five things you need to know about the life and career of Susanna Mälkki …

LSO Blog

Liam Hennebry

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Une saisissante liberté esthétique

Chef principal de l’Orchestre symphonique d’Helsinki, Susanna Mälkki est particulièrement attachée à faire connaître le répertoire contemporain. Elle sera au Palais Garnier pour diriger la création mondiale de Trompe-la-mort de Luca Francesconi et, en concert, la création française du Concerto pour violoncelle de Pascal Dusapin, Outscape."

Octave Magazine

Sarah Barbedette

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Conductor Susanna Mälkki on her Met Opera Debut

Susanna Mälkki is one of the brightest lights in the world of classical music, and one of a growing number of female conductors. She discusses her path to the conductor's podium on Lunch Break With Tanya Rivero."

Wall Street Journal

Tanya Rivero

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Saariaho’s ‘L’Amour’ first work by woman at Met since 1903

When the first notes of Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin (Love from Afar)” are played at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night, it will mark only the second staged work by a woman composer in the company’s history — and the first since 1903.

Washington Post

Ronald Blum

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‘I am the troubadour’: Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho comes to the Met

Enter the conductor of L’Amour de loin, Susanna Mälkki. A fellow Finn and champion of the composer, Mälkki knows exactly why Saariaho’s music appeals to her. “She is one of those composers who has her own language. You recognise it immediately — the luxuriant sounds in the orchestra, and when she is describing the ocean, the ebb and flow to the music. It glimmers, it glows, it is so beautiful. This is not an opera where all you need to do is execute the sounds as well as possible. The music has such sincerity. It is generous in spirit, like its composer.”

Financial Times

Richard Fairman

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Your Guide to a Met Opera Milestone

Almost as exciting as the Met premiere of “L’Amour de Loin” is the company debut of Susanna Malkki, a conductor of wide range who has nevertheless made contemporary music something of a specialty. Recently installed as music director of her hometown Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she also led the New York Philharmonic for the first time last year.

The New York Times

Zachary Woolfe

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360 Degrees – Opera News feature

Susanna Mälkki, who makes her Met debut this month conducting L’Amour de Loin, thrives on her job’s myriad responsibilities.

Opera News

Jessica Duchen

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Susanna Mälkki wins Musical America Conductor of the Year Award

The conductor of the year is Susanna Malkki, the chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, who will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in December and will become principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic next season.

The New York Times

Michael Cooper

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NYT Feature: With Women in Command, the Met Opera Addresses a Gender Gap

“L’Amour de Loin” will be conducted by another Finn, Susanna Malkki, in a belated Met debut for this formidable, charismatic artist, the new music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic.

The New York Times

Anthony Tommasini

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On gender politics, conductor Susanna Malkki lets her music do the talking

For women conductors, the glass ceiling has cracked, but it hasn't yet shattered.

Chicago Tribune

John von Rhein

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Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki

From Ligeti to Björk and Mozart - the Finnish conductor reveals her musical inspirations

The Guardian

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Susanna Malkki’s Wide Appeal on Both Sides of the Atlantic

“I think life is important. Work is not everything, but I really love what I’m doing. It’s been very busy for the past 10 or 15 years, and I love every minute of it,” Susanna Malkki said.

The New York Times

Zachary Woolfe

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Interview: Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki

The conductor is one of a small handful of female conductors on the podiums of the world’s orchestral stages

Financial Times

Guy Dammann

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Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner: Susanna Mälkki

Originality is always separated from the mainstream

Critical Thinking

Andrew Patner

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