Susanna Mälkki: I’m not drawn to conducting for the power

The Finnish conductor, chief of the Helsinki Philharmonic and principal guest of the LA Phil, thinks deeply about the meaning of good leadership. ‘I try to forget about myself when I am doing my work as a conductor,’ she tells Zsolt Bognar on Living the Classical Life.

‘This kind of “maestro myth” doesn’t really exist in Finland,’ she maintains.

She adds: ‘Not everybody likes what I’m doing.’


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