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Anna-Maria Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. From 2010 to 2013 Anna-Maria Helsing was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra.

Within a short time, the Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. She has also conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Norrköping Symphony, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Orchestra of Norrlands Operan, Västeras Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Odense Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Jena Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Anna-Maria Helsing was Assistant Conductor at the Finnish National Opera for Kung Karls jakt by Fredrik Pacius and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2006/07. In 2008 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera with Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho. She subsequently led the world premiere of the opera Hallin Janne by Jukka Linkola with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia; Gianni Schicchi/Cavalleria Rusticana in Oulu; Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2011; Madama Butterfly at the Tampere Opera in 2013 and Bernstein’s Candide at the Opera Vaasa, as well as Magnus-Maria by Katarina Eiriksdottir on tour in Scandinavia in 2014 and 2015. In 2017 she led the new production of Leevi Madetoja’s The Ostrobothnians at the Tampere Opera.

Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music. Major highlights this season include her debuts with the Royal Danish Opera, Malmö Symphony and Orchestra of the Göteborg Opera, and return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Norrköping Symphony and Nordic Chamber Orchestra among others.

Anna-Maria Helsing began her career as a violinist, leading chamber orchestras before serving as conductor of the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Pietarsaari Sinfonietta. She has attended masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Vladimir Jurowski and John Carewe.

Concurrent with her studies in the class of Leif Segerstam, Anna-Maria Helsing was chosen to take part in the International Conductor’s Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel.

In 2011, Anna-Maria Helsing became the first conductor to be awarded the Louis Spohr Medal in Seesen (Germany). In 1999 she won First Prize in the International Competition for 20th Century Music for Young Artists in Warsaw.

Anna-Maria Helsing received her violin diplomas from the Conservatory of Pietarsaari and at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz

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Timo Heikkala