Pekka Kuusisto

Director / Violin


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. Other highlights include debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra with whom he tours to Singapore and the UK. He returns to the Philharmonia, Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. He also takes up a season-long residency at the Wigmore Hall.

Kuusisto is a gifted improviser and regularly engages with people across the artistic spectrum, most recently with Hauschka and Samuli Kosminen, neurologist Erik Scherder, electronic music pioneer Brian Crabtree, and folk artist Sam Amidon.

Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles from the violin, Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the ACO Collective and Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He also directs ensembles including Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Scottish and Norwegian chamber orchestras.

Kuusisto has released several recordings, notably for Ondine and BIS. This season he records Hillborg’s Bach Materia and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 3 and 4 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.

Pekka is playing a fine Italian violin by Francesco Stradivari circa 1738, on loan from Mr Peter Biddulph.