Performance Details

In light of the current situation created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the advice received from the Scottish Government, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is regrettably cancelling the remaining performances of their 2019/20 Concert Season. Read more here.

Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ (15’)
Shrink (Concerto for Violin and Strings) , UK Premiere (Co-commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the kind support of the MCO Foundation and Scottish Chamber Orchestra) (20’)
Ornament and Crime (15’)
Adagio for Strings (9’)
Appalachian Spring: Suite (23’)

PEKKA KUUSISTO Director / Violin 

If a concert could be like a great American road trip, this would be it. You get to take in iconic American classics like Barber’s Adagio, as well as discovering exciting voices of the latest generation.

Pekka Kuusisto brings fruits of his close musical relationships with two of the hippest, hottest and most widely admired of younger American composers. Bryce Dessner (from American indie-rock band The National) and Nico Muhly are the heirs-apparent to the likes of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, writing music that is as engaging and accessible as it is stimulating and intriguing. Pekka Kuusisto is their perfect interpreter.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Composer Nico Muhly discusses his Violin Concerto Shrink with soloist and director Pekka Kuusisto

Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from 
These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday. 
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3.

Pekka Kuusisto

Director / Violin

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Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire. An advocate of new music, Kuusisto’s recent premieres include concerti by Sauli Zinovjev, Anders Hillborg, Andrea Tarrodi and Philip Venables. This season he performs Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with the Iceland and Detroit symphony orchestras, and its Finnish premiere with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Austrian premiere of Hillborg’s Bach Materia with the Camerata Salzburg. 

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