Most concert programs introduce you as a Finnish-Ukrainian conductor. How do you see yourself?

I was born in Ukraine but I never lived there. My father is Ukrainian and I am extremely proud of my father’s heritage, but I am totally Finnish.

Dalia Stasevska Dalia Stasevska. Photo © Jarmo Katila

You enrolled at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as a 17-year old. How did you get accepted at an earlier age to most?

I was so...

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