Pekka Kuusisto

Featured Artist

Pekka Kuusisto, the Philharmonia's Featured Artist 2021-22

Charismatic and boundary-busting musician Pekka Kuusisto features throughout the 2021/22 season, as violinist, conductor and programmer.

Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles, Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (from season 21/22), and Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

He is also a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In season 20/21 Pekka Kuusisto is Artist in Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt with whom he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. He is also In-Residence at Milton Court at the Barbican, which culminates in a concert with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.


Pekka Kuusisto plays Finnish Folk Music

Kuusisto is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and a gifted improviser and regularly engages with people across the artistic spectrum. Uninhibited by conventional genre boundaries and noted for his innovative programming, recent projects have included collaborations with Hauschka and Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, pioneer of electronic music Brian Crabtree, eminent jazztrumpeter Arve Henriksen, juggler Jay Gilligan, accordionist Dermot Dunne and folk artist Sam Amidon.

In the coming season he will premiere new concerti by Bryce Dessner (with the Philharmonia), Djuro Zivkovic and Enrico Chapela, and chamber works by Sauli Zinovjev and Calliope Tsoupaki.


Violin and teacup

Pekka Kuusisto and Santtu-Matias Rouvali perform a spontaneous duet