Eva Ollikainen is one of the most acclaimed artists among the younger generation of conductors in the Nordic countries. She has performed numerous times with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her recent seasons include performances with London Symphony Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic, and in 2010 she made her debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. This season includes debuts in Hungary with Pannon Philharmonic and in Japan's Suntory Hall with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
A few years ago Eva conducted Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole and Stravinsky's Nightingale at the Royal Swedish Opera, where she returns this season for the Tchaikovsky ballet Nutcracker. At the Finnish National Ballet, she has performed Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. As the conductor of Uusinta Chamber Ensemble she has conducted numerous world premieres.
Eva earned her master's degree in conducting from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, studying under Leif Segerstam and 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, Eva 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.
Eva also enjoys ocean sailing on tall ships, studying traditional crafts such as wooden boat building and playing Nova Scotian fiddle tunes - and for more than 20 years she has in her free time danced ballet and modern dance.