Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving (born 1994) is Assistant Conductor of the Finnish Radio
Symphony for 2019, under her mentor their Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu. In January 2020
she takes up a similar post at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Music
Director Mikko Franck. She first attracted widespread international attention in May 2019
when she took over concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony at very short notice,
conducting BA Zimmermann’s “Dialogues” and Bruckner’s 2 nd symphony with authority and
Emilia is currently continuing her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, having studied
there with Atso Almila and with visiting teachers such as Leif Segerstam, Johannes Schlaefli,
Susanna Mälkki and Eva Ollikainen. She will work closely with Sakari Oramo when he
becomes Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Academy from 2020. She began her
conducting studies in 2015 with Jorma Panula at the newly founded Panula Academy,
having previously studied clarinet, cello and (from age 6) piano.
During her studies Emilia conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki
Philharmonic Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta, among others. She
has also appeared as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Kuopio Symphony
Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Nordic Chamber Orchestra, and conducted in Sweden,
Estonia and Hungary. She made her opera debut in Helsinki in 2018 conducting a
production of Donizetti’s opera Rita.
In the coming months she returns to the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and conducts Sinfonia
Lahti and Oulu Sinfonia for the first time, leads a ballet project in Russia, and assists Mikko
Franck on tour to Asia with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Emilia performs frequently as a pianist and chamber musician, and currently lives in Helsinki.