The Russian Swedish conductor Maria Eklund made her debut at the Bolshoi theatre as the first woman ever. This was followed by an invitation to the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Russia, where she was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2006-2008. She has since then been a regular guest to all major Russian orchestras.
Some highlights in her career are the debut with St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the latter in Sweden, a tour in China with the National Opera House, tours in China with the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, performances at Arena di Verona and a tour with the orchestra and choir to Moscow.
Among highlights in 2017 are concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, and Gothenburg Opera as well as participation in a popular TV program Kontrapunkt-Kulturfrågan in Sweden.