Finnish conductor of both symphony orchestra and opera.
April in Finland
In April 2021 Anna-Maria Helsing conducts streamed concerts with many orchestras in Finland. She makes her debut with the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki with music by Outi Tarkiainen. Then she returns to orchestras she has collaborated with for years - Oulu Sinfonia 8.4 (Tarrodi, Debussy, Saariaho, Mendelssohn), Vaasa City Orchestra 15.4 (Dove, Britten, Haydn) and Tampere Filharmonia 29.4 (Berwald, Madetoja). If everything goes according to plans, she will go back to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in May, for a Young Soloists concert 20.5.
Anna-Maria Helsing appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra has appointed Finnish conductor Anna-Maria Helsing as its new Principal Guest Conductor.
Helsing will join the current BBC CO's conducting team of Bramwell Tovey (Principal Conductor), Barry Wordsworth (Conductor Laureate), and Keith Lockhart (Chief Guest Conductor), bringing additional creativity to a roster already representing a broad range of musical styles.
The initial tenure spans three years and will see Helsing lead the BBC Concert Orchestra in a range of projects across its diverse portfolio. Her first concert with the orchestra as designate takes place at Maida Vale on 13 December, live on BBC Radio 3's 'Afternoon Concert'. Plans for appearances through the 19/20, 20/21 and 21/22 seasons are under development and will include 'Musical Roots' at the Southbank on 22 February 2020, where Helsing will lead the orchestra in a new concert format for families that she has co-created with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and an artistic team.
Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music.
Upcoming highlights are her return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Oulu Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Piteå Chamber Opera, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra as well as her debuts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony and London Sinfonietta.