Sib1 Mal

Severance Hall
February 6 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

February 8 – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Guest Artist

Susanna Mälkki

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki is chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  She made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in April 2015 and most recently conducted here in July 2017.  Ms. Mälkki studied cello with Hannu Kiiski and conducting with Jorma Panula, and continued her education at the Sibelius Academy and London’s Royal Academy of Music.  She served as principal cello of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1990s prior to devoting her career to conducting.  In addition to her current work in Helsinki and Los Angeles, she has held leadership positions with the Ensemble InterContemporain, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.  She has guest conducted many of the major orchestras in Europe and the United States — and has also led opera premieres, including works by Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho.  Susanna Mälkki has recorded for the BIS, Kairos, and NMC labels.  Her honors include France’s Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland.  For more information, visit