Dalia Stasevska is one of the world’s most in-demand conductors, and she makes her much-anticipated WASO debut with a concert of Nordic masterpieces.
Opening with Sibelius’ popular Finlandia, Alexander Gavrylyuk then performs Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto. Acclaimed at its premiere, it established Grieg’s reputation as the musical voice of his nation.
Evoking the spirit of Dalia Stasevska’s own Finnish homeland, the majestic beauty of Sibelius’ Symphony No.5 has ensured its place in the musical canon.
Dalia Stasevska’s charismatic and dynamic musicianship has established her as a conductor of exceptional versatility. Chief Conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director to the International Sibelius Festival, Dalia also holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor to the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has made several appearances at the BBC Proms and conducts the Last Night of the Proms in 2022. Together with BBC Symphony Orchestra, they opened the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival.
The 2022/23 season sees Dalia conducting orchestras such as Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington. She will return to New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and to Los Angeles Philharmonic following her successful Hollywood Bowl debut in summer 2022. She also appears with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
In summer 2022 she toured to Germany with BBC Symphony Orchestra making her debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and in autumn 2022 they embark on a six-concert tour to Japan with soloists Sol Gabetta, Nicola Benedetti and Roderick Williams. In spring 2023 Dalia and BBC Symphony Orchestra collaborate on a project with Grégoire Pont at the Barbican Centre entitled Our Precious Planet. Performing works of living composers is a core part of Dalia’s programming and with Lahti Symphony Orchestra they present works by Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Thomas Adès, Helen Grime, Kaija Saariaho and Outi Tarkianen to name a few. Recent highlights include Baltimore and Seattle symphonies orchestras, Orchestre National de France, returns to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, and the opening of the Tongyeong Festival.
A passionate opera conductor, Dalia debuts at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival this season with a revival of the iconic Peter Halls 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, Cunning Little Vixen with Finnish National Opera and Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten at the 2018 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, featuring Anne-Sofie von Otter.
Dalia originally studied as a violinist and composer at the Tampere Conservatoire and violin, viola and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. As a conductor her 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 personal contribution to the development of international cooperation, strengthening the prestige of Ukraine internationally and popularisation of its historical and cultural heritage. In December 2018, she had the honour of conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm. Dalia was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in 2020.
West Australian Symphony Orchestra is supported through a national partnership of the Australia Council and the Western Australian Government’s Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries. Principal Partner Wesfarmers Arts.
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