Esa-Pekka Salonen is the Artistic Director of the Baltic Sea Festival. His restless innovation has marked him as one of the most important artists in contemporary classical music. He is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The 2014/15 season finds him as the first-ever Creative Chair at the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich.
Valery Gergiev is Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the St. Petersburg State University. He established and directs festivals including the Stars of the White Nights, the Gergiev Festival (the Netherlands) and the Moscow Easter Festival.
Peter Dijkstra studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Hochschule für musik und Tanz Köln and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His international career took off in earnest when he won the Eric Ericson Award in 2003. Peter Dijkstra was appointed chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir in September 2007.
Paavo Järvi is the Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He is also Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Harding has had the archetype of a meteoric career. Having had both Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado as mentors in his teens, Harding has travelled a remarkably long way from the Oxford of his childhood to the most famous concert halls in the world.
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.