Eva Ollikainen is a frequent guest conductor at numerous nordic orchestras. She has worked with orchestras like Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Copenhagen Phil and Iceland Symphony. Her recent highlights include concerts with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Brussels and Pannon Philharmonic orchestras, and Estonian and Lithuanian State Symphony orchestras. Ollikainen has also conducted at Semperoper Dresden, Royal Stockholm and Finnish National Opera. In 2010 she made her debut at Philharmonie Berlin with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
This season Ollikainen will return to Semperoper Dresden and Royal Stockholm Opera, and guest conduct among others Odense and Lahti Symphony Orchestras and Tampere Philharmonic. She will also continue her Beethoven-cycle with Jönköping Sinfonietta. Ollikainen earned her master’s degree in conducting from the Sibelius Academy studying under Prof. Leif Segerstam and Prof. Jorma Panula. She also holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the same academy.
Having won the international Jorma Panula conducting competition in 2003, she was invited to the conductors’ academy of the Allianz cultural foundation, where she had the opportunity to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi. In 2006, Ollikainen was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood Music Center to great public and critical acclaim.
Ollikainen was awarded the Hulda Paulo prize for accomplished young musicians in 2009 in her native Finland.