Mika Eichenholz

Guest Conductor

Mika Eichenholz is one of Sweden’s most experienced conductors, with more than 300 opera performances on tours throughout Europe, conducting the opera company of Kazan and singers from the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres. With his vast knowledge, straightforward and highly appreciated musical leadership, Eichenholz is frequently re-engaged as guest conductor in the Swedish and the Finnish orchestras and is a returning conductor in orchestras, also in Central and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania), in Austria as well as in South America (Argentina, Chile, Brazil a.o). He has worked with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and has conducted in Los Angeles (Disney Hall), in the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center New York (previously known as Avery Fisher Hall), in San Diego, Montreal and in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South-Africa. In recent years, Eichenholz has worked as the musical director and conductor of the production Nordlichter, eine Sibelius Phantasie at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg.

In 2017-2018, Eichenholz conducted The NK Orchestra of Israel on a successful tour in Israel with programs with Haydn, Schubert and Puccini. He conducted Orquesta Estable in a Shostakovich/Sibelius program at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Eichenholz is regurlarly invited to conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (in 2018, together with star baritone Peter Mattei), and has given concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Hamburger Symphoniker. In January 2018, the Swedish conductor led a ballet production of Carmen in Winterthur with music by Shchedrin and Elgar, Switzerland and later the same year, he toured with the Schönbrunn Schlossorchester, and conducted in Santiago (Chile) and held master classes at the Royal College of Music in, Stockholm Sweden.

As an opera-conductor he has also been engaged by Folkoperan in Stockholm (La Traviata, Das Rheingold) and lead the Salzburger Landestheater in Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. He has also conducted the Stockholm Royal Philharmonics in a full Tchaikovsky opera program.

Mika Eichenholz made his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989 after studying with Prof. Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was awarded First Prize at the Swedish Competition for Conductors and was chosen to replace Neeme Järvi at very short notice on a tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists Ida Haendel and Lynn Harrell, thus beginning a career that has since brought him to orchestras worldwide. His discography includes a large number of CD releases on EMI, Marco Polo, Naxos and other record labels.