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Susanna Mälkki

Principal Guest Conductor, Ann Ronus Chair

About this Artist

Susanna Mälkki is sought after at the highest level by symphony orchestras and opera houses worldwide. About to embark on her final season as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she concludes a seven-year tenure with a distinctive dynamism and imaginative flair to her programming. In addition to a full season in Finland, she will lead the Helsinki orchestra on tour to the prestigious Lucerne and Edinburgh festivals, New York's Carnegie Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center this season.

Susanna Mälkki appears regularly with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America: Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she is Principal Guest Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Munchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

She is equally in demand with major opera houses, and her past notable appearances include at the Opera national de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milan, the  Wiener  Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, while this season she visits the Royal Opera House (London) and the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona). Future operatic titles include Puccini's II trittico, Debussy's Pelléas et Melisande, Beethoven's Fidelio and Saariaho's Innocence, which Mälkki premiered in 2021 at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Recognized for her significant contribution to the art form, Mälkki was awarded the  Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland-one of Finland's highest honors-in 2011. She was  made an Officier  de l'Ordre des Arts et  des Lettres of  France in  2014 and, in January 2016, was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur in France. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a member of the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm. 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.