THE HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is the first professional symphony orchestra to be founded in the Nordic countries. It is an orchestra of 102 regular members.
Between 1892 and 1923 the HPO gave the first performances of almost all the symphonic works by Jean Sibelius with the composer himself conducting. The HPO’s founder and first Chief Conductor Robert Kajanus was succeeded by Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, John Storgårds and other conductors of note. Susanna Mälkki begun a three-year term as Chief Conductor of the Orchestra in autumn 2016.