Winner of the Finnish Critics’ Spurs prize 2021, Emilia Hoving (born 1994) has emerged as one of most exciting young Finnish conductors of today.
“Hoving possesses all the qualities, analytical and emotional, that make a good conductor” (Hufudstadsbladet, February 2020);
“Eminently supple and expressive, with a thrilling grace and naturalness in her gestures”
(Resmusica, April 2022).
Hoving’s positions as Assistant to Hannu Lintu at the Finnish Radio (2019) and to Mikko Franck at
Radio France (2020-22) both led to significant jump-ins which catapulted her to the next stage in her
career. Whilst Assistant at the Finnish Radio she took over a concert of Bruckner and BA
Zimmermann (televised live) and was subsequently re-invited. She then began to appear
internationally with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic
and Iceland Symphony as well as with the Helsinki Philharmonic. Last season she appeared at the
Wiener Konzerthaus for the first time and made her German debut whilst Assistant at the Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France, conducting the orchestra in their Berlin Philharmonie concert at
only a few hours’ notice: “sensationell” (Tagesspiegel, March 2022).
In Summer 2022 she made her Tokyo debut at Suntory Hall conducting the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and her UK debut conducting the Philharmonia at the Three Choirs Festival - at which (alongside Mahler 4) she gave the UK premiere of a work by Rolf Martinsson. She was immediately invited back by the Philharmonia for a series of concerts in 2024. Emilia has conducted many works by living (particularly Finnish) composers, and in recent months also gave the world premiere of a new piano concerto (played by Alexandre Tharaud) with the Orchestre National de Lille by their Resident Composer, Alex Nante.
In 2022/23 she conducts the BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and appears at the
Newbury Festival with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She also debuts with the Munich Chamber and in Kiel and Magdeburg, and is invited to
the Borusan Symphony (Istanbul), Lausanne Chamber, Opera de Rouen, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Canada), returning to the Quebec Symphony,
Nordic Chamber and Helsingborg Symphony.
Emilia studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professors Sakari Oramo and Atso Almila,
having begun conducting studies in 2015 with Jorma Panula. She previously studied piano (from age
6) as well as clarinet and cello.