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Eva Ollikainen


About this Artist

Eva Ollikainen has been the Artistic Leader and Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 2020. Her recent guest appearances include concerts and performances with Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. She served as chief conductor for Nordic Chamber Orchestra from 2018 to 2021. 

One of the highlights of the 2022/23 season is her debut at the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic, featuring the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s ARCHORA. She also makes her debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and she performs with BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Festival Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo. 

This season she will also visit Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, Orchestre National de Belgique and Helsinki Philharmonic. Apart from an extensive U.K. tour with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra she will also conduct the centenary celebration concert of the BBC Philharmonic. 

Eva Ollikainen is a frequent guest teacher at the Sibelius Academy’s Conducting Class and, in her first season as Artistic Leader for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, she founded the Conducting Academy for young musicians in Iceland. This season she has also been invited to give a masterclass at Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University.