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.
- Pekka Kuusisto: Tango for violin – and whistlinghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055sd88.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055sd88.jpg2017-06-13T11:31:00.000ZThe Finnish violinist performs his own quirky arrangement of the Finnish tango ‘Tähdet meren yllä’ by Unto Mononen.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p055s2j5
Pekka Kuusisto: Tango for violin – and whistling
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043rncb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043rncb.jpg2016-08-05T20:22:00.000ZSoloist Pekka Kuusisto joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p043rnch
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35
- Pekka Kuusisto’s hilarious Proms encorehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ldzzk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04ldzzk.jpg2016-08-05T18:30:00.000ZThe violinist had the audience on their feet with a spirited Finnish folksong.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04470vv
Pekka Kuusisto’s hilarious Proms encore
Pekka Kuusisto Tracks