Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 - I Allegro moderato
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1882. It has grown from a band of 36 players to an orchestra of 102 regular members giving concerts attended by a total audience of a good 100,000 a year at the Helsinki Music Centre and abroad.
Between 1892 and 1923 the HPO gave the first performances of almost all the symphonic works by Jean Sibelius with the composer himself conducting. The HPO’s founder and first Chief Conductor Robert Kajanus was succeeded by Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, John Storgårds and other conductors of note. Conductor Susanna Mälkki was appointed the next Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2014. She began her position as Chief Conductor in autumn 2016 and continues until spring 2021.