Niklas and Radioapan - In the past

The radio and sound loving Radio Monkey ventures far away from his tree house in the Fairytale Forest together with Niklas Riesbeck and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Accompanied by thrilling and cool music, from genuine classics to exciting new music, every moment spent with the Radio Monkey is a fresh and unpredictable adventure.



The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden. Regardless of where you live you can listen to the orchestra’s concerts through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts or on their website, and several concerts are also shown on Swedish Television. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and most versatile orchestras in Europe – perhaps even in the world. Every year they perform well-loved works from the classical repertoire as well as new music by exciting contemporary composers such as Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Magnus Lindberg and Unsuk Chin. In addition they perform music from popular films and computer and video games and collaborate with leading jazz, pop and rock artists in a constant endeavour to develop and to break new ground.

Anna-Maria Helsing has gained an outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses. Simultaneously to her studies in the class of Leif Segerstam the Finnish conductor was chosen to take part in the International Conductor’s Academy Allianz to be trained by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

From 2010 to 2013 Anna-Maria Helsing was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony – the first-ever female conductor at the head of a Finnish symphony orchestra.

Within a short time the Finnish conductor has conducted all the major Finnish and Swedish orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra. She also conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Odense Symphony, Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra among others.

Anna-Maria Helsing has been Assistant Conductor at the Finnish National Opera and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2006/07. In 2008 she made her debut at the Finnish National Opera. Further engagements have led her to the Tampere Opera and Opera Vaasa.

She started her career as a violinist and has been leading chamber orchestras before serving as conductor of the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Pietarsaari Sinfonietta.