Apr 11, 2016


Jukka-Pekka celebrates his 60th birthday this year, and this milestone will be marked by personal concert programmes in both Helsinki and Stockholm. On 16 April 2016, at the Helsinki Music Centre, musicians from the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy perform the world premiere of Kehä (“Circle”) by young composer Johannes Piirto, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4. Lilli Paasikivi joins them to perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Pekka Kuusisto will play Magnus Lindberg’s First Violin Concerto. Jukka-Pekka looks to the future with these chosen works:

“The idea was conceived from Nielsen’s “inextinguishable” symphony – reflecting that the spirit of music is alive and must look ahead. It’s one of my signature pieces with the FRSO, with whom I’ve played it many times, and it always holds a unique positive energy and emotion which passes from the musicians to the audience: a love of life.

In the same spirit, I wanted to commission a work by a young artist, and I chose Johannes Piirto – one of the true talents of the younger generation; a great pianist and a very promising composer. I wanted to give him the chance to write a real orchestra piece for full orchestra. I also wanted some young musicians to be part of that and the Nielsen, so we have included students from the Sibelius Academy.

Magnus Lindberg may be the contemporary Finnish composer whose work I have played the most. I am fascinated by the way Pekka Kuusisto plays his First Violin Concerto — he’s able to add his own personality to any music, which works particularly well in this piece.

This concert combines three important musical institutions I have been a part of: the Sibelius Academy, the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra. I hope there will be a positive youthful image to this concert; the spirit of music never dies, but goes on. A new beginning.”

The celebrations continue on 4 May 2016 in Stockholm with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Mahler’s Fifth symphony, with Frank Peter Zimmermann playing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3.
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Helsingin Sanomat