PEKKA KUUSISTO

Artistic Director ACO Collective

Recently described by one critic as a musician “who surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive”, Pekka Kuusisto is internationally renowned for his fresh approach to the repertoire. An advocate of new music, Kuusisto works with composers such as Nico Muhly, Thomas Adès and Sebastian Fagerlund. As soloist, he performs with Seattle, Toronto, BBC Scottish, Singapore and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Collaborating with performers across the artistic spectrum, Kuusisto joined forces with actress Seela Sella and director Kristian Smeds for a new theatrical production Tabu at the Finnish National Theatre, which featured Kuusisto as both composer and performer. A keen chamber musician, regular partners include Anne Sofie von Otter, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alexander Lonquich and Olli Mustonen.

Kuusisto is widely recognised for his directing work, and in addition to his position with ACO Collective, he becomes Artistic Partner with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from September 2016. He also regularly directs the Mahler, Swedish and Irish chamber orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Britten Sinfonia.

Pekka Kuusisto received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2013 and is Artistic Director of the award-winning 'Our Festival', based in Sibelius’ home-town. His latest recording features Fagerlund’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (BIS).

Kuusisto plays a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini violin of 1754 kindly lent to him by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Chair sponsored by Horsey Jameson Bird

Horsey Jameson Bird