Finnish conductor, violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto (b. 1974) studied the violin with Géza Szilvay and Tuomas Haapanen at the Sibelius Academy, part of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at Indiana University. He studied composition with Eero Hämeenniemi and David Dzubay.
As a composer he has been increasingly active and his works have been performed at several concerts in Scandinavia, as well as in the UK and the United States. On June 7 we'll hear his Violin Concerto performed with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Here is how Gramophone Magazine described his Violin Concerto: Kuusisto's own Concerto (2011) is a colourful and dramatic score...The finale's rhythmic drive and alternating lyricism are immensely appealing...Excellent performances and sound.
6/7 Aho: Minea Kuusisto: Violin Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 (Elina Vähälä, v; Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vänskä, cond)
6/14 Salonen: Pollux Varese: Ameriques Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (Los Angeles Philharmonic: Gustavo Dudamel, cond)
6/21 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, Romantic (Cincinnati Symphony; Marek Janowski, cond)
6/28 Dvorak: The Water Goblin Hanson: Symphony No. 4, Requiem Brahms: Violin Concerto (Vadim Gluzman, v; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, cond)