Dalia Stasevska has become the first woman ever to hold a conducting position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The 34-year-old Finnish musician has been appointed as the ensemble’s first principal guest conductor, a role that has been vacant since 2006, but which was previously filled by Jiří Bělohlávek and Sakari Oramo, who both went on to become the ensemble’s chief conductor. She has only been conducting for four years.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1984, Stasevska moved to Finland at the age of five and started studying the violin when she was 10. She then went on to study at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she was surprised to see a fellow female student conducting the orchestra.