Pekka Kuusisto
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1976-10-07
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Pekka Kuusisto

Pekka Kuusisto Biography (Wikipedia)

Pekka Kuusisto (born 7 October 1976 in Espoo) is a Finnish musician.

Kuusisto comes from a musical lineage. His grandfather was a composer and organist, his father is a jazz musician who has composed operas, and his mother is a music teacher. He began studying the violin at the age of three. His first violin teacher was Geza Szilvay at the East Helsinki Music Institute. In 1983 he enrolled in the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and he began to study with Tuomas Haapanen there in 1985. From 1992 to 1996 he studied with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at the Indiana University School of Music.

In 1995, Kuusisto became the first Finn to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of the Sibelius violin concerto. He has won other prizes, concertised widely, and recorded works for the Ondine label. Kuusisto plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin (1752) lent by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Kuusisto works with musicians of many different backgrounds. He regularly performs with electronics, giving concerts consisting of mostly improvised material. During the past few years, he has frequently performed a solo recital program consisting of the Partita in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and electronic improvisations on funeral chorales. The traditional music of Finland serves as a source of inspiration for Kuusisto, and his approach to the violin has changed substantially since he became more involved with folk music and its performers. He has been a guest performer with groups such as Nightwish, Rinneradio, Don Johnson Big Band, The National and Salsa Dura.

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Nicolò Paganini
Tarantella in A minor
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Tarantella in A minor

Tarantella in A minor

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Erwin Schwarz-Reiflingen
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Jean Sibelius
Humoresque in G minor, Op.89 no.3
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Humoresque in G minor, Op.89 no.3
Jean Sibelius
2 Serenades Op.69 for violin and orchestra: no.1 in D major
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2 Serenades Op.69 for violin and orchestra: no.1 in D major
Anders Hillborg
Bach Materia
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Bach Materia
Traditional Swedish & Pekka Kuusisto
Glass Polska and Dance
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Glass Polska and Dance

Glass Polska and Dance

Composer
Traditional Swedish
Magnus Lindberg
Violin Concerto No 1 (2006)
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Violin Concerto No 1 (2006)
Philip Venables
Venables Plays Bartok
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Venables Plays Bartok
Trad.
Finnish folksong
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Finnish folksong

Finnish folksong

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Performer
Chorus - Proms Audience
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish': I. Allegro aperto
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Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish': I. Allegro aperto
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269 - I. Allegro
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The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269 - I. Allegro
Jean Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro, ma non tanto
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Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro, ma non tanto
Jean Sibelius
5 Pieces, Op.81 (no.2 & no.1)
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5 Pieces, Op.81 (no.2 & no.1)
Pekka Kuusisto
Sarabande, from Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
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Sarabande, from Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Pekka Kuusisto
Improvisation
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Improvisation
Antonio Vivaldi
L'autunno' from Concerto in F Major, Op. 8 no. 3 - The Four Seasons
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L'autunno' from Concerto in F Major, Op. 8 no. 3 - The Four Seasons
Trad.
We Have Sold Our Homes
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We Have Sold Our Homes
Trad.
Vi Salde Vara Hemman
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Vi Salde Vara Hemman
Philip Venables
Venables Plays Bartok
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Venables Plays Bartok
Jean Sibelius
Humeresques op.89 (no.5)
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Humeresques op.89 (no.5)
Jean Sibelius
Five Pieces, Op.81
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Five Pieces, Op.81
Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
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The Four Seasons
Jean Sibelius
Humoresque No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1; Humoresque No.2 in D major, Op.87 No.2
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Humoresque No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1; Humoresque No.2 in D major, Op.87 No.2
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
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Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Anders Hillborg
Bach Materia
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Bach Materia
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Anders Hillborg
Bach Materia - violin concerto (excerpt)
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Bach Materia - violin concerto (excerpt)

Bach Materia - violin concerto (excerpt)

Orchestra
Swedish Chamber Orchesra
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 (1st mvt)
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Brandenburg Concerto No 3 (1st mvt)
American Traditional, Pekka Kuusisto & Sam Amidon
Row-di
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Row-di

Row-di

Composer
American Traditional
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American Traditional, Pekka Kuusisto & Sam Amidon
Sugar Baby
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Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby

Composer
American Traditional
Performer
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita no.2 in D minor BWV 1002: Sarabande
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Partita no.2 in D minor BWV 1002: Sarabande
American Traditional
Walkin' Boss
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Walkin' Boss

Walkin' Boss

Composer
American Traditional
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Fritz Kreisler
Violin Concerto in C Major
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Violin Concerto in C Major
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
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Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
Charles Ives
Sonata No. 4 K.W.22 (Children's Day At The Camp Meeting) For Violin And Piano
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Sonata No. 4 K.W.22 (Children's Day At The Camp Meeting) For Violin And Piano
Pekka Kuusisto
Antin Mikki + Gladlaten
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Antin Mikki + Gladlaten
Unto Mononen
Tähdet meren yllä
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Tähdet meren yllä
Trad & Pekka Kuusisto
Gladlåten
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Gladlåten

Gladlåten

Composer
Trad
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Trad & Pekka Kuusisto
Antin Mikko
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Antin Mikko

Antin Mikko

Composer
Trad
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Pekka Kuusisto
Improvisation
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Improvisation
Trad, Pekka Kuusisto, Osmo Vänskä & Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
We Sold Our Homes
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We Sold Our Homes

We Sold Our Homes

Composer
Trad
Performer
Orchestra
Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Prokofiev
Concerto no. 1 in D major Op.19 for violin and orchestra
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Concerto no. 1 in D major Op.19 for violin and orchestra
Jean Sibelius
Serenade for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op.69 No.2
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Serenade for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op.69 No.2
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Upcoming BBC Events

Proms 2019: Prom 20: Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SSO
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2019-08-03T22:47:23
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BBC SSO 2019-20 Season: Nielsen Symphony No.6
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Glasgow City Halls
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Upcoming Events

2
Apr
2020
Pekka Kuusisto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard, Enrico Chapela, Lisa Robertson and Carl Nielsen
City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, UK

Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-17T22:47:23
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17
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables

Proms 2018: Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 29: Brandenburg Concertos Project – 1
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-05T22:47:23
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5
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 29: Brandenburg Concertos Project – 1

Proms 2018: Prom 29: Brandenburg Concertos Project – 1

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2016: Prom 27
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-08-05T22:47:23
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5
Aug
2016
Proms 2016: Prom 27

Proms 2016: Prom 27

Royal Albert Hall
BBC SSO 2014-15 Season: Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony
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City Halls
2014-10-09T22:47:23
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9
Oct
2014
BBC SSO 2014-15 Season: Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony

BBC SSO 2014-15 Season: Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony

19:30
City Halls

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