Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is internationally renowned both as soloist and director and is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire. A strong advocate of new music, Pekka regularly collaborates with contemporary composers and in the 2012/13 season he gave the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Violin Concerto, written for him and commissioned by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent highlights have included concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber, Toronto Symphony and Washington’s National Symphony orchestras, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
Pekka continually seeks to engage with people across the artistic spectrum, working on new interpretations of existing repertoire alongside original works. He regularly directs ensembles from the violin, including the Australian, London, Irish, Mahler and The Saint Paul chamber orchestras, as well as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Recent recital partners include Iiro Rantala, Anne Sofie von Otter, Angela Hewitt, Kimmo Pohjonen and Nicolas Altstaedt. He gave the world premiere of Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with the composer at the Wigmore Hall in spring 2013, and later this year he tours Europe with his traditional music group, The Luomu Players.
His most recent CD features Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta (for the Ondine label). He has also recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Einojuhani Rautavaara with Paavali Jumppanen (for Ondine), works by Paganini with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen (for Ondine), ‘Subterraneo’ (for Liverace), which features Finnish tango works with Iiro Rantala, and ‘Kiestinki’ (for KHY Suomen Musiikki), an album written and performed with Finnish singer Paula Vesala and based on the experience of Finnish women on the front line during World War II. In October 2013, Pekka was announced as winner of the Nordic Council Music Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement in creative and practical music.
Tuesday, March 10 2015 7:30pm
105 North 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
This performance will feature the music of Paganini, Bach, Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, among others. Expect classical music fused with contemporary, all with plenty of improvisation and juggling – entertaining for audiences of all ages.
Program estimated to be 70 minutes with no intermission.
Pekka Kuusisto...surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now aliveThe Telegraph
Juggler Jay Gilligan...has virtuosic ability...and transforms juggling from a hobby into an art formMinneapolis City Pages