Susanna Malkki Conducts Haydn and Strauss

The New York Philharmonic

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Susanna Mälkki Conducts Haydn and Strauss


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Oct, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Susanna Mälkki conducts Strauss’s iconic Also sprach Zarathustra, which launches with a majestic fanfare that hails a primeval sunrise and ends in a chord that suggests the mystery of the universe. She also leads the Philharmonic in Haydn’s Philosopher Symphony; listen for French horns and English horns engaging in a musical conversation in the remarkable opening Adagio.

Program To Include


Symphony No. 22, Philosopher


Unsuk Chin

Šu, for Sheng and Orchestra


R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra


Susanna Mälkki


Susanna Mälkki


Susanna Malkki


The 2018–19 season marks Susanna Mälkki’s third as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the World Premiere of a work by Enno Poppe, and a tour of Central Europe with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Following an acclaimed first season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Mälkki launches 2018–19 with the World Premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra; other projects include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and a staged performance of Sibelius’s The Tempest.

A guest conductor at the highest level worldwide, in 2018–19 Ms. Mälkki returns to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus “Portrait” artist), hr-Sinfonieorchester, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, among others. Recent engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and her Czech Philharmonic Orchestra debut. Ms. Mälkki has previously worked with The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (at the BBC Proms), Oslo Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Teatro La Fenice.

A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki returns to the Opéra national de Paris in 2019 to conduct Dvořák’s Rusalka. Past engagements include Luca Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort (World Premiere, 2017) and Janáček’s The Makropolous Case. In 2018 and 2016 she made critically-acclaimed debuts at the Vienna Staatsoper, leading Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod, and The Metropolitan Opera, where she conducted Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin. She previously collaborated with Francesconi on Quartett, and in 2011 was the first woman to conduct a production at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where she returned in 2014. Other opera highlights include Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Finnish National Opera, and her Hamburg Staatsoper debut conducting a revival of Janáček’s  Jenůfa.

Learn more about Susanna Mälkki

Wu Wei


Wu Wei


Wu Wei


Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei has performed with such leading orchestras and ensembles as the Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has played with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Kent Nagano, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, Myung Whun Chung, Susanna Mälkki, Ilan Volkov, Markus Stenz, and Matthias Pintscher.

Wu Wei has appeared at prestigious festivals, including the BBC Proms, Paris Autumn Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Warsaw Autumn, and Musica Nova Helsinki. He has performed in venues worldwide, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Log Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet.

Wu Wei has performed the World Premieres of 400 works, including 20 concertos for sheng and orchestra by composers such as Cage, Unsuk Chin, Jukka Tiensuu, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Guus Janssen, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Ondřej Adámek, Liza Lim, and Huang Ruo. A prolific composer himself, he has received commissions from the Royaumont and Civitella Ranieri Foundations, among others.

He is a winner of Germany’s Musica Vitale competition, German Global Root Award, German Record Critics’ Award, and Edinburgh International Festival Herald Angels Prize, and he was named best soloist at the Chinese Music Awards 2017. He has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, and Wergo labels. His recording Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon) garnered the International Classical Music Award and BBC Music Magazine Award in 2015. His performance was one of the highlights of the BBC Proms in 2014.

Wu Wei studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and Hanns Eisler Academy Berlin with a DAAD scholarship. He has developed the ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music.

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