Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire. An advocate of new music, Kuusisto’s recent premieres include concerti by Sauli Zinovjev, Anders Hillborg, Andrea Tarrodi and Philip Venables. This season he performs Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with the Iceland and Detroit symphony orchestras, and its Finnish premiere with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Austrian premiere of Hillborg’s Bach Materia with the Camerata Salzburg. Other highlights include debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Aurora Orchestra with whom he tours to Singapore and the UK. He returns to the Philharmonia, Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. He also takes up a season-long residency at the Wigmore Hall.
Kuusisto is a gifted improviser who engages with people across the artistic spectrum, recently with Hauschka and Samuli Kosminen, neurologist Erik Scherder, electronic music pioneer Brian Crabtree, and folk artist Sam Amidon.
Kuusisto is Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul and Mahler Chamber orchestras and Artistic Director of the ACO Collective. He also directs ensembles including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Scottish and Norwegian Chamber orchestras.