Pekka Kuusisto joins Scottish Ensemble

  • 16 – 23 November 2008
  • Scottish Music Centre
  • 1 Nov 2008

Making his debut with the Scottish Ensemble this autumn, Pekka’s intensity, enthusiasm and virtuosity have stunned audiences around the world. Charismatic, gifted and the youngest ever winner of the Sibelius Violin Competition at the age of nineteen, Pekka is unusually free and fluid in his approach and has been acclaimed for the spontaneity and freshness in his playing.

His interests embrace electronica, folk music, the quirky, the odd, the plain weird. Unlike many prominent players he gives much of his time over to collaboration – chamber and orchestral projects in which he is less a soloist than first among equals. This philosophy perfectly complements the Ensemble’s collective approach to music making that embraces freedom and exercises a fluid approach.

This concert will explore the boundaries inspired by the folk traditions and musical landscape of Pekka’s native Finland, and its close musical neighbours, Estonia and Hungary. The performances feature the works of three great Finns, Sibelius, Rautavaara and Sallinen, together with pieces from Estonian, Erkki-Sven Tuür and Bartók. All belong to a long line of strong musical individualists inspired by the folk music and culture of their respective countries.

Rautavaara’s Fiddlers is performed regularly world-wide, but rarely alongside the original tunes upon which it is based. Erkki-Sven Tüür, growing up in Soviet Estonia in the ‘60s and ‘70s shares the history of the Baltic region with the Finns, but had to forge his own path, a new tradition in the face of authoritarianism. This is echoed in Bartòk’s mighty Divertimento, written on the outbreak of the WWII, which unleashed a new political order in Eastern Europe.

At the beginning of the tour, on Sunday 16 November the Scottish Ensemble will be in open rehearsal at their home in Glasgow; a rare opportunity to hear the musicians of the Scottish Ensemble in the intimate setting of the CCA, as they rehearse with violinist, Pekka Kuusisto.

The following day (17 November) in Aberdeen, the Ensemble will première two new works by spnm composers Donal Sarsfield and Katarzyna Glowicka, in the closing performance of the sound festival.

Prior to the performances in Inverness and Perth, Pekka will be in conversation with Svend Brown. These ‘conversations’ are free to ticket holders.

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