Dalia Stasevska

Through her charismatic and dynamic musicianship, Dalia Stasevska has established herself as a conductor of exceptional versatility. Chief conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the International Sibelius Festival, she also holds the post of principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has made several appearances at the BBC Proms and conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 2022. Together with BBC Symphony, they opened the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival. 

The 2022-23 season sees Stasevska conducting the Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Toronto symphony orchestras, and the Philadelphia, Minnesota and the National Symphony orchestras. She will return to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and to the Los Angeles Philharmonic after her successful Hollywood Bowl debut in summer 2022. She also appears with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. 

In summer 2022, she toured to Germany with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, making her debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival; in autumn 2022, they embark on a six-concert tour to Japan with soloists Sol Gabetta, Nicola Benedetti and Roderick Williams. In spring 2023, she and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on a project titled Our Precious Planet with Grégoire Pont at the Barbican Centre.

Performing works of living composers is a core part of her programming; at the Lahti Symphony, she will lead works by Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Thomas Adès, Helen Grime, Kaija Saariaho and Outi Tarkianen. Recent highlights include concerts with the Baltimore and Seattle symphonies, Orchestre National de France, returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, NAC Orchestra and the opening of the Tongyeong Festival.  

A passionate conductor of opera, Stasevska debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival this season with a revival of the iconic Peter Hall production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In previous seasons, she returned to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet to conduct a double bill of Poulenc’s La voix humane and Weill’s Songs with Karita Mattila, and to Norske Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor. Other productions include Don Giovanni with Kungliga Opera Stockholm, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg; Eugene Onegin at the Opéra de Toulon; The Cunning Little Vixen with the Finnish National Opera, and Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten at the 2018 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, featuring Anne-Sofie von Otter.

Stasevska originally studied as a violinist and composer at the Tampere Conservatoire and violin, viola and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. Her conducting teachers include Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. She was bestowed the Order of Princess Olga of the III degree by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in October 2020 for her significant contribution to the development of international cooperation, strengthening the prestige of Ukraine internationally and popularization of its historical and cultural heritage. In December 2018, she had the honor of conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm. She received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in 2020.

Fall 2022

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