Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving (born 1994) is currently Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under their Music Director Mikko Franck. In May 2019, as Assistant at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu, she attracted international attention by jumping in to conduct the orchestra in Bruckner and BA Zimmermann live on TV. She has since been invited back for several projects. She has guested with almost all the Finnish orchestras (and been reinvited) including Sinfona Lahti, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Tampere Philharmonic, and in May 2021 made her debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic. In April 2021 she was awarded the prestigious Finnish Critics’ Association “Critics’ Spurs Prize 2021” for the “best artistic breakthrough for a young artist during the year." In February 2021 she made her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. and has conducted several regional orchestras in Sweden including the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Västerås Sinfonietta. Last season she conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in studio sessions and conducts them in concert in April 2022.
In 21/22 she debuts with the Philharmonia, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony at Suntory Hall, and with the Orchestre National de Lille, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Helsingborg and Gävle symphonies, Turku Philharmonic, and at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Estonian Sinfonietta, and conducts two one-act operas (staged) with the Finnish Chamber Opera. Emilia has already conducted many works by living (particularly Finnish) composers, and this is a particular interest of hers; her Lille subscription week this season includes the world premiere of a new piano concerto by their Resident Composer, Alex Nante, played by Alexandre Tharaud.
Emilia studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professors Sakari Oramo and Atso Almila, having begun conducting studies in 2015 with Jorma Panula. She previously studied clarinet, cello and (from age 6) piano.
Hufvudstadsbladet, November 2020
"Hoving is born to stand in front of an orchestra, and once again we got to enjoy her instinctively assured leadership and music-making"
“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.”
"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."