Swedish conductor 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. The same year, also the year of his graduation from the Sibelius Academy, he was awarded First Prize at the Swedish Competition for Conductors (Svenska Dirigentpriset). In 1990 he 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.
Mika Eichenholz is frequently engaged as guest conductor in the Swedish and Finnish orchestras as well as being a returning conductor in orchestras in Eastern Europe (Slovenia, the Czech republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania), Austria as well as in South America (Chile, Brazil a.o). A couple of years ago he formed a steady relationship with the Kazan State Opera with whom he has toured in Europe on a regular basis with singers from the Bolshoi and Marinsky Theatres in productions of Verdi’s Nabucco, Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Mozart’s Magic Flute. As an opera-conductor he has also been engaged by Folkoperan in Stockholm (La Traviata, Das Rheingold), the Gothenburg Opera and Värmlandsoperan.
In 2006 Mika Eichenholz made his debut with the Hamburger Symphoniker and has subsequently been re-invited for three further productions.
Among recent and upcoming engagements to be mentioned are concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Hamburger Symphoniker as well as opera tours in Holland. In March 2009 Mika Eichenholz made his successful debut with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra as musical leader and conductor of the production “Nordlichter, eine Sibelius Phantasie” at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg.
Among future highlights are engagements with the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile a.o.
Mika Eichenholz’s extensive discography includes a large number of CD releases on EMI, Marco Polo, Naxos and others.