Who is conductor Dalia Stasevska?

An introduction to Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska, the current principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Dalia Stasevska

Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska became a household name when she led the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms in 2020, an extraordinary year to take the reins of a leading orchestra. Faced with an empty concert hall, no audience and just a few cameras broadcasting live across the world, Stasevska led the orchestra in the biggest event in the UK’s classical music calendar. She had made her Proms debut the year before in her first public performance with the orchestra in this position.

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In 2019, Dalia Stasevska became the youngest person – and first woman – to be given a titled conducting position at the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In May 2020, she was announced as the new chief conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in her native Finland.

Stasevska studied at the Royal Swedish Academy with Jormu Panula and at the Sibelius Academy with Leif Segerstam, and later went on to work assistant conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen and Paavo Järvi.

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She has previously conducted the Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Opera North, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony.