Principal Guest Conductor Designate
Finnish conductor Anna-Maria Helsing was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in November 2019. Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. From 2010 to 2013 she was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra.
"I am both delighted and thrilled at the prospect of further developing my collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra as their new principal guest conductor. The orchestra, with so many high calibre musicians, offers exciting artistic opportunities and I can hardly wait to explore what we can achieve together. "
Within a short time the Swedish-Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish and Swedish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra as well as the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Iceland Symphony, North Iceland Symphony and Odense Symphony among others. Furthermore she was at the rostrum of Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Norrlands Operan Orchestra, Estonian National Orchestra and conducted the orchestras in Braunschweig, Bochum, Hagen and Jena.
She also led performances at the Royal Danish Opera, Finnish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Tampere Opera.
After her studies in the class of Leif Segerstam, the Finnish conductor was chosen to take part in the International Conductor’s Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. In 1999 she won the First Prize in the International Competition for 20th Century Music for Young Artists in Warsaw.
Anna-Maria Helsing received her violin diplomas from the Conservatory of Jakobstad/Pietarsaari. She has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Vladimir Jurowski and John Carewe.
Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music.