Announced this week at the annual Association of British Orchestras conference in a keynote speech from Alan Davey, the BBC Symphony Orchestra has appointed young, Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska as its Principal Guest Conductor.

She will join the current BBC SO conducting team of Sakari Oramo (Chief Conductor), Sir Andrew Davis (Conductor Laureate), and Semyon Bychkov (Günter Wand Conducting Chair).

Widely recognised as one of Europe’s brightest talents, Stasevska’s appointment follows her debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in its 17/18 season and a second performance in 18/19 in two highly-successful concerts at Maida Vale. Next year, she will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a range of projects, with further details to be announced as part of the 19/20 Barbican season launch.

Her appointment at the BBC SO builds on recent appearances in opera and concert across Europe. During the 2017/18 season Stasevska appeared with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gothenburg Symphony, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestre National de Lyon, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In December 2018, she conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. The 2018/19 season has already seen Stasevska make her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic, and in Spring 2019 she will conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Kungliga Operan.

Paul Hughes, Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, says: “Dalia comes to the BBC Symphony Orchestra at a time when it is playing at the very top of its game, and joins a family of conductors that is second to none. Together with Sakari Oramo, Semyon Bychkov and Sir Andrew Davis, she will bring an extraordinary musicianship that speaks directly from the heart to musicians and audiences alike, and her appointment ushers in an exciting new chapter in the orchestra’s life.”

Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, says: “I am delighted to welcome Dalia Stasevska into the BBC SO family. She will provide us with fresh energy and insight, and I am particularly happy that Finnish conductors keep inspiring London musicians into permanent artistic partnerships.”

Dalia Stasevska, Principal Guest Conductor designate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, says: “I am thrilled to be invited to be the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new Principal Guest Conductor. From when we first met in May 2018 at a Maida Vale studio concert, I felt directly a mutual connection with the musicians. The BBC SO is a very inspiring, energetic orchestra with a huge range of colours in its sound, and I am looking forward to working together over the next few years, exploring a wide range of music.”

Stasevska has built a reputation for conducting a wide range of music from core orchestral repertoire to new and contemporary music. In particular, her passion for opera and collaboration with artists from different genres chimes well with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s distinctive programming. Stasevska is also passionate about engaging new audiences with classical music fitting with the broad offering of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ work which is featured on BBC Radio and TV, giving it the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra.


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