PEKKA KUUSISTOArtistic Director - ACO Collective
Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire and his flair in directing ensembles from the violin. Alongside his position as Artistic Director of ACO Collective, he is Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and after a longstanding creative collaboration with the ensemble, this year Pekka became Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 2018 he is Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Other directing engagements include the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Swedish and Mahler chamber orchestras.
This season he appears with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orchestre de Paris and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He also undertakes a European tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and appears with the Orchestra throughout the season; he play-directs the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker with tenor Mark Padmore; and takes up a mini-residency at Pierre Boulez Saal with REDDRESS, a collaborative project with South-Korean artist Aamu Song.
Pekka is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, including premieres of new works by Bjarnason, Zinovjev, Tarrodi, Hillborg, Thomas Dausgaard. As a composer, together with Samuli Kosminen, Pekka is composing, performing and recording music for a new animated television series of Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories.
Kuusisto is a gifted improviser. Recent projects include collaborations with Hauschka and Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, pioneer of electronic music, Brian Crabtree and eminent jazz-trumpeter Arve Henriksen. He is Artistic Director of the award-winning annual ‘Our Festival’, in Sibelius’ hometown, Järvenpää.
Recent concerto appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival with the Minnesota Orchestra and Vänskä, the London BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Dausgaard, as well as concerts with the Seattle, Cincinnati and Finnish Radio symphony orchestras. A keen chamber musician, regular chamber partners include Nicolas Altstaedt, Anne Sofie von Otter, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Alexander Lonquich and Olli Mustonen.
Kuusisto plays a 1730 violin by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, generously loaned to him by the Beares International Violin Society.
Chair sponsored by Horsey Jameson Bird