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 Dialogues and Bruckner Symphony No. 2 with authority and musicality.
Hoving 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, Hoving 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.
Hoving performs frequently as a pianist and chamber musician, and currently lives in Helsinki.
Concerto for Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 5
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Symphony in D minor
Cello Concerto in C major
St Paul's Suite
Concerto for Piano and Strings (1950)
Háry János suite
Violin Concerto No.5
Pictures at an Exhibition
Violin Concerto No.1
Divertimento for Strings
Le Tombeau de Couperin
An der schönen blauen Donau
Die Fledermaus (opera)
Firebird suite (1919)
Musica Profana (1997)
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No.11 (1982)
Symphony Op. 21
Dialogue for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
"She knew what she wanted and how, with the friendly support of the orchestra, she was going to accomplish it; it was a real joy to watch her purposeful and effective technique… economical yet well-articulated and responsive gestures, with delicate phrasing from the left hand and with a clear but gentle right hand."
“Emilia Hoving’s RSO debut showed her to be firmly in control – she led the difficult programme with calm assurance…there were cries of “Bravo!” from the audience, and we can rejoice in the combination of Hoving's talent and the Finnish conductor training.”