The feeling of being in charge
Finland has always had both strong women and world-famous conductors. Susanna Mälkki is a combination of these two, she holds the tone in a world of very few women. She has had lots of ‘firsts’: Susanna was the first woman ever to conduct an opera production in the history of La Scala in Milan and she will also be the first female conductor to be named to the principal guest conductorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Susanna will be the first female Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, from autumn 2016.