Pekka KUUSISTO (Conductor / Violin)
Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles, Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He is a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 21/22 he is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s featured Artist. Kuusisto conducted Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for a recording of the Stravinsky violin concerto with Vilde Frang and recently released an album for Pentatone with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra featuring the premiere recording of Nico Muhly’s Violin Concerto Shrink.
An advocate of new music, Kuusitso’s upcoming premieres include new concerti by Bryce Dessner, Djuro Zivkovic, Thomas Ades and Enrico Chapela and chamber works by Sauli Zinovjev and Calliope Tsoupaki. He performs concerti written for him by Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg and Nico Muhly. Kuusisto’s recent recordings include concerti by Thomas Ades, Anders Hillborg, Daniel Bjarnason, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Sebastian Fagerlund and JS Bach. Kuusisto composed the score music of series 1 of the Moominvalley animation with composer, percussionist and producer Samuli Kosminen.