Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (from season 21/22), and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul and Mahler chamber orchestras. He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In season 20/21 Pekka Kuusisto is Artist-in-Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and at Milton Court at the Barbican.
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 also performs concerti written for him by Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg and Nico Muhly. In recent seasons Kuusisto has premiered works by Sauli Zinovjev, Philip Venables and Andrea Tarrodi. He performs with orchestras such as Chicago and Los Angeles symphony orchestras, Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, as well as Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Australian, Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras.
Kuusisto’s recent recordings include concerti by Thomas Adès, 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.