Susanna Mälkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam at the Sibelius Academy. Prior to her conducting studies, she had a successful career as a cellist. She made her debut as Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016.
Mälkki was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, beginning in autumn 2017 and is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Her versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses around the World.