Pekka Kuusisto is revered the world over for his freshness and musical verve. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a European tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The Finnish violinist also sees himself as an advocate of Contemporary Music. In the summer, he premiered Daniel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. Pekka Kuusisto is also Artistic Director of Our Festival in Finland. A talentented improvisor, he performs with the jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen and also collaborates with performers from across the entire artistic spectrum, including neurologist Erik Scherder and juggler Jay Gilligan.
As a passionate chamber musician, he performs regularly with such artists as Nicolas Altstaedt, Anne Sofie von Otter and Olli Mustonen. He is Artistic Director of the ACO Collective, as well as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and – in 2018 – Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Pekka Kuusisto has enjoyed a close musical friendship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since his debut with them in 2002. For the 2017/18 season, the orchestra has awarded him the title ›Artistic Best Friend‹ and as such, he is the first artist to be given such an accolade.
Kuusisto plays a fine Italian violin by Francesco Stradivari, circa 1738, on loan from Mr Peter Biddulph.