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Dalia Stasevska

About this Artist

Dalia Stasevska’s charismatic and dynamic musicianship has established her as a conductor of exceptional versatility. Chief Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the International Sibelius Festival, Dalia also holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has made several appearances at the BBC Proms and conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 2022. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra, she opened the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival.  

The 2022/23 season sees Dalia conducting the Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. She returns to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, following her successful Hollywood Bowl debut in summer 2022. She also appears with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.   

In summer 2022, she toured Germany with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, making her debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and in autumn 2022 they embarked on a six-concert tour of Japan with soloists Sol Gabetta, Nicola Benedetti, and Roderick Williams. In spring 2023, Dalia and BBC Symphony Orchestra collaborate on a project entitled Our Precious Planet with Grégoire Pont at the Barbican Centre. Performing works of living composers is a core part of Dalia’s programming, and with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra she presents works by Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Thomas Adès, Helen Grime, Kaija Saariaho, and Outi Tarkiainen, to name a few. Recent highlights include the Baltimore and Seattle symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de France, returns to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and NAC Orchestra, and the opening of the Tongyeong Festival.   

A passionate opera conductor, Dalia will debut at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival with a revival of the iconic Peter Hall production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In previous seasons, she returned to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet to conduct a double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Weill’s Songs with Karita Mattila, and to Norske Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor. Other productions include Don Giovanni with Kungliga Opera Stockholm, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg, Eugene Onegin at the Opéra de Toulon, Cunning Little Vixen with Finnish National Opera, and Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten at the 2018 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, featuring Anne-Sofie von Otter. 

Dalia originally trained as a violinist and composer at the Tampere Conservatoire and studied violin, viola, and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. Her conducting teachers include Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. She was bestowed the Order of Princess Olga of the III degree by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in October 2020 for her significant personal contribution to the development of international cooperation, strengthening the prestige of Ukraine internationally, and popularization of its historical and cultural heritage. In December 2018, she had the honor of conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm. Dalia received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in 2020, and this year she was among the recipients of Finland’s Alfred Kordelin Foundation Prize.