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. His pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe. In September 2015, the Karawane, Salonen's large-scale work for orchestra and chorus, was performed at the Baltic Sea Festival to great acclaim.
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. In 1997 following Sir Georg Solti’s death, Valery Gergiev took over the World Orchestra for Peace. In 2013 the maestro became head of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, founded on the initiative of Carnegie Hall in New York, and Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Olof Boman lives in Germany and works with the most renowned choirs in Scandinavia and Europe. He has also been one of the artistic directors of the Glogerfestspillene in Norway. One of his hallmarks are his creative concert programmes where old music meets contemporary in a new and challenging way.
Mattias Böhm studied in Stockholm and Salzburg. He graduated as coach from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 1997 and has since worked as a coach and pianist with a large number of the top singers in Sweden. Since 1997 he has been employed at the Royal Opera in Stockholm where he also has conducted Dido and Aeneas, Min bror är Don Juan and Vägen hem.
Gustavo Dudamel was born in Venezuela. He is serving as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic through 2021–2022 season. As Music Director of the entire El Sistema project in Venezuela, he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in his native Venezuela, as well as on tour around the globe. His early musical and mentoring experiences molded his commitment to music as an engine for social change – a lifelong passion. Dudamel was the Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony in 2007–2012.
Sigvards Kļava in one of Latvia's most prolific choral conductors. He has collaborated with every leading choir and orchestra in the country, performing the great works of the standard repertoire in addition to conducting most premieres of new choral works by Latvian composers. He teaches young conductors at the Choral Department of the Latvian Academy of Music. Sigvards Kļava appears as a guest conductor with leading European choirs.
Lawrence Renes received international recognition in 1995 when he was with one day's notice were given the chance to do a cameo for Riccardo Chailly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He has since led several of the world's top orchestras. Renes comes from a position as Music Director with both responsibility for the Bremen Opera and Philharmonic. Renes works with both opera and symphonic music and he is a frequent guest in the Swedish orchestral life. Lawrence Renes is Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera.
Ernst van Tiel is the Artistic Director of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Gdańsk. While studying he was attached to the Dutch broadcasting orchestras. He has worked as the chief conductor of the Amsterdam Promenade Orchestra. Besides that he conducted numerous concerts with Dutch orchestras and has acted as assistant to Valery Gergiev. His interpretations of music from the 19th and 20th century has provided him an international reputation. His activities abroad include numerous guest conductorships.