Pekka Kuusisto on Daníel Bjarnason's New Violin Concerto

Icelandic composer, Daníel Bjarnason, has written a violin concerto for the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. In this film, the Philharmonia Orchestra met Pekka in Finland to get his thoughts on the new piece. The concerto is full of special violin techniques and pushes technical boundaries for the soloist and the orchestra. Watch to find out more and hear clips with the Pekka and the Philharmonia in rehearsal with Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Pekka Kuusisto performs the UK premiere of Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto at the Philharmonia Orchestra's season opening concert on Thursday 28 September, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor. The concert also includes Sibelius Symphonies 6 & 7 and Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Aeriality.


Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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