Eva Ollikainen is a frequent guest conductor at numerous nordic orchestras. Her recent highlights include performances with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, New Japan, Brussels and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestras, and in 2010 she made her debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
This season Ollikainen is looking forward to start her Beethoven-cycle with Jönköping sinfonietta and performances of the Nutcracker at Semperoper Dresden. She is also returning to the Royal Swedish Opera for the acclaimed Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek, and to Turku Philharmonic for a concert with Bruckner 6th symphony.
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.