Finnish conductor of both symphony orchestra and opera.





Anna-Maria Helsing in Stavanger and Helsinki in January and February

In January 2021 Anna-Maria Helsing makes her debut with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway, in two last minute replacement concerts. Instead of the planned concerts that had to be cancelled in April 2020, Helsing will now conduct a Russian programme of music by Stravinsky and Rachmaninov. In February there will be two different programmes in Helsinki, featuring a lot of contemporary music. One of them is February 10, when Helsing returns to the Musica Nova Festival with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in music by Xenakis, Maija Hynninen, Roope Mäenpää and Lisa Streich.

Go to concert schedule here.



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.