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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, in opera houses and with contemporary music ensembles. Currently in her sixth season as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to challenge audiences with a fresh and impressively broad approach to programming. Susanna Mälkki is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Mälkki appears regularly with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the 2021/22 season, she appears for the first time on the Carnegie Hall stage with the New York Philharmonic.

Equally in demand with major opera houses, past notable appearances include at the Opéra national de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper and The Metropolitan Opera, where she will return in 2022 for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other future operatic titles include Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, also at the Opéra national de Paris, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Puccini’s Il trittico and Beethoven’s Fidelio.

She is frequently recognised for her significant contribution to the art form. Mälkki was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2010, awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland—one of Finland’s highest honors—in 2011, awarded the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2014 and in January 2016 was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France. 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.