Pekka Kuusisto

Biography

Born: October 7, 1976; Espo  
Finland can boast vigorous scenes in jazz, electronic, and folk music as well as a legendary educational emphasis on the classics, and the young Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto has aimed toward a career and a charismatic presentation that builds connections among these various genre. Born in Espoo on October 7, 1976, he began playing the violin at age three and enrolled at the Sibelius Academy when he was nine. His primary teacher there was Read more Tuomas Haapanen. Part of Kuusisto's training was American; he studied under Miriam Fried and Paul Bliss at Indiana University between 1992 and 1996. By the end of that time he was already making an impression as a top-level player, taking home first prize at the 1995 International Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. He has recorded the Sibelius violin concerto for the Ondine label as part of its Absolute Sibelius release but has concentrated on material of a slightly more contemporary tinge, from Bartók to Rautavaara. The beneficiary of the movement of modern Scandinavian music into the concert repertory, he has also helped that movement along with gutsy performances drawing on his experience outside concert music: he plays jazz with a trio called Töykeät and other progressive musicians including Finland's Rinneradio, and he has dabbled in electronic genres ranging from hip-hop to noise music. An admirer of jazz experimentalist John Zorn, he told Erica Jeal of England's Guardian that "I realised that . . . it was actually maybe one of the best things that I have -- this desire or ability to improvise." He also heads his own Finnish folk ensemble, the Luomu Players, and has appeared on Finnish rock and pop releases. Kuusisto has appeared with top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, smaller American groups such as the Alabama and Oregon symphony orchestras, the City of Birmingham and BBC symphony orchestras, and the innovative Australian Chamber Orchestra. His brother Jaakko is also a musician, and the two share the artistic directorship of Finland's Lake Tuusula Chamber Music Festival. In 2006, Kuusisto became artist-in-residence with the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He has begun to direct ensembles from the violin more and more frequently, and he was the featured violinist in 4, a Finnish DVD about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, featuring winter landscapes from Finland's Lapland region. Read less
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  • 1.
    Darkness In Light
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2093 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sebastian Fagerlund
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Sibelius: The Essential Orchestral Favourites With Photo Album
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 12652 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Jean Sibelius
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  • 3.
    Lindberg: Violin Concerto; Jubilees; Souvenir / Kuusisto, Lindberg, Tapiola Sinfonietta
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1175-2 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Magnus Lindberg
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Magnus Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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    Nico Muhly: Drones
    Label: Bedroom Community   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  Bruce Brubaker,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Nico Muhly
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  • 5.
    Ilkka Kuusisto: Orchestral Works / Jaakko Kuusisto, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1847 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilkka Kuusisto
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Rautavaara: Summer Thoughts / Kuusisto, Jumppanen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1177-2 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Traditional
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Paavali Jumppanen
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  • 7.
    Essential Highlights Of Pekka Kuusisto
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 254-2 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Virtuosi di Kuhmo
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    Paganini Duos
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1142-2 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Ismo Eskelinen,  Pekka Kuusisto
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  • 9.
    Folk Trip / Pekka Kuusisto
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Ainda-Nickola
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luomu Players
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  • 10.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kuusisto, Virtuosi Di Kuhmo
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 939 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi di Kuhmo
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  • 11.
    Pekka Kuusisto - Strings Attached
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 901 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean Sibelius,  Alfred Schnittke,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Raija Kerppo
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  • 12.
    The Absolute Sibelius - Violin Concerto, Etc / Segerstam
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A Five-star Sibelius Celebration
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Monica Groop,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Sibelius: Works For Violin & Orchestra / Kuusisto, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1074 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 15.
    Mozart Jubileum / Isokoski, Garanca, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Jorma Hynninen,  Kari Kriikku,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vilumanis,  Eri Klas,  John Storgårds,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Sinfonietta  ... 
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    Sibelius: Complete Symphonies, Etc / Segerstam, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polytech Male Choir
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    Musical Soiree At Ainola - The Home Of Jean Sibelius
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1046 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Heini Kärkkäinen,  Pekka Kuusisto
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  • 18.
    Mozart: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Kuusisto, Mustonen, Etc
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Olli Mustonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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    Bach: Violin Concertos / Jaakko Kuusisto, Pekka Kuusisto
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 980 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 20.
    Music! - Rantala, J. Kuusisto, Et Al / Osmo Vanska, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5015 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Iiro Rantala
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Alan Smithee
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mustonen: Triple Concerto, Etc / Mustonen, Kuusisto, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 974 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olli Mustonen
    Performer:  Martti Rousi,  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Kati Salovaara,  Lisa Batiashvili  ... 
    Conductor:  Olli Mustonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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  • 22.
    Taneyev: Concert Suite For Violin, Etc / Kuusisto, Ashkenazy
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 959 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Sibelius Festival / Mattila, Segerstam, Saraste, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 930 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Ilmo Ranta,  Karita Mattila,  Raija Kerppo  ... 
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Etc / Kuusisto, Segerstam
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 878 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Päivi Korhonen,  Pekka Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Sibelius: Early Chamber Music Vol 2
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 850 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Matti Hirvikangas,  Yoshiko Arai,  Seppo Kimanen,  Juhani Lagerspetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jean Sibelius String Quartet members,  Jean Sibelius String Quartet
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Biography

Born: October 7, 1976; Espo  
Finland can boast vigorous scenes in jazz, electronic, and folk music as well as a legendary educational emphasis on the classics, and the young Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto has aimed toward a career and a charismatic presentation that builds connections among these various genre. Born in Espoo on October 7, 1976, he began playing the violin at age three and enrolled at the Sibelius Academy when he was nine. His primary teacher there was Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andante e rubato
II. Slow and Sweet
III. Fast
Notturno
Danza
II. Kopsin Jonas
III. Jacob Konni
IV. Klockar Samuel Dikstrom
I. Allegretto
II. Blues: Moderato
III. Perpetuum mobile: Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegretto scherzando
I. Preludio
II. Loure
III. Gavotte en rondeau
IV. Menuet I - V. Menuet II
VI. Bouree
VII. Gigue
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio di molto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
No. 1. Mazurka
No. 2. Rondino
No. 3. Valse
No. 4. Aubade
No. 5. Menuetto
No. 1. Auf der Heide (On the Heath)
No. 2. Ballade
No. 3. Humoresque
No. 4. Die Glocken (The Bells)
No. 1. Scene de danse
No. 2. Danse caracteristique
No. 3. Rondeau romantique
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro aperto
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Tempo di menuetto
I. Vivace
II. Largo ma non tanto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio di molto
III. Allegro, ma non tanto