Pekka Kuusisto, viulu

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Northern light

Jukka Untamala, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Outi Tarkiainen: Night Sun Variations (first performance in Finland)
Carl Nielsen: Violin Concerto op. 33

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 4 in A minor op. 63

Night Sun Variations reflects the lucid summer nights of the north when the sky blazes with an unending range of colours. The work is by Outi Tarkiainen, one of the most successful Finnish composers of her generation. Pekka Kuusisto is known for his fresh and imaginative performances of classics, and in this programme he takes on Nielsen’s popular and harmonically rich Violin Concerto. The programme of Northern composers must self-evidently conclude with Sibelius; his profound and sombre Symphony no. 4 is considered the composer’s most personal statement.


Pekka Kuusisto CREDIT Felix Broede
Pekka Kuusisto
Pekka Kuusisto CREDIT Felix Broede
Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of the ACO Collective and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

This season he will perform the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s violin concerto co-commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the kind support of the MCO Foundation and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He will world premiere Enrico Chapela’s violin concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing other concertos written for him including Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto and Anders Hillborg’s Bach Materia

He has worked with South-Korean artist Aamu Song on the project REDDRESS which blurs boundaries between performance and visual art. Together with Samuli-Kosminen, Kuusisto co-composed the score to the new animated Moominvalley television series. He has also collaborated with Cannes award winning director Juho Kuosmanen in the Greenpeace campaign film ‘The Elegy of the Forest’.

Other recent season highlights have included concerto appearances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Philharmonia. He has recently toured Europe with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UK and Singapore with the Aurora Orchestra.


Outi Tarkiainen (1985-)
Night Sun Variations (2019) (first performance in Finland)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Violin Concerto op. 33

I: Praeludium. Largo – Allegro cavalleresco – Più presto
II: Poco adagio – Rondo: Allegretto scherzando

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Symphony no. 4 in A minor op. 63

Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
Allegro molto vivace
Il tempo largo