Lilli Paasikivi is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the Mahler song-cycles and symphonies. She has performed Das Lied von der Erde and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Symphony No.2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), Symphony No.3 with the London Symphony Orchestra (Paavo Järvi), Symphony No.8 with the Berliner Philharmoniker (Sir Simon Rattle), Kindertotenlieder with the New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), and Das Lied von der Erde with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder).
Paasikivi made her debut with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer under Lorin Maazel and returned for Mahler’s Symphony No.2 and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem both conducted by Alan Gilbert. This season opens with performances of Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester conducted by Han-Na Chang. Other highlights include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Oregon Symphony under Charles Kalmer and Mahler’s Symphony No.3 with Tokyo National Symphony Orchestra under Kazushi Ono.