Thursday, December 5th at 7 pm, in Estonia Concert Hall
Nielsen – En fantasirejse til Faerøerne
Lindberg – Clarinet Concerto (Estonian premiere)
Sibelius – Symphony No. 6
Soloist: KARI KRIIKKU (clarinet, Finland)
Conductor: JOHN STORGÅRDS (Finland)
Clarinetist Kari Kriikku has studied in Sibelius Academy in Finland, with Alan Hacker in England and with Leon Russianoff and Charles Neidich in USA.
Kari Kriikku is favoured soloist and chambermusician. He has played concertos with London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, The London Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Filharmonics, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Swedish and Finnish RSO with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Markus Stentz, Jukka-Pekka saraste and Sakari Oramo. Kriikku’s chambermusic partners has been Juri Bashmet, Alexei Ljubimov, Arditti String quartet, Borodin quartet, Kuhmo chambersoloists, New Helsinki Quartet among others.
During his whole carreer Kriikku has played a lot of contemporary music and premiered works from composers like Magnus Lindberg, Vinko Globokar, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pawel Szymanski, Jouni Kaipainen, Jukka Tiensuu and Benedict Mason whoses Clarinet concerto he premiered at BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Most succesfull pieces which has been written for Kari Kriikku are the Clarinet Quintet of Magnus Lindberg, concertos of Jouni Kaipainen and Jukka Tiensuu whoses clarinet concerto ”Puro” he has performed over 30 times.
At 2002 Kari Kriikku will premiere Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto.
Kari Kriikku is a founding member of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and is the artistic director of the ensemble since year 2000.
Two years ago the Classic CD and the BBC Music Magazine voted Kari Kriikku’s CD of the C.M.von Weber Clarinet concertos as the ”best ever” recording. This year Kari Kriikku with the conductor Sakari Oramo and the Finnish RSO released the complete Clarinet concertos of the early romantic finnish composer, Bernhard Henrik Crusell. This record was praised as well to be the best interpretation of these concertos.
Other upcoming releases will be the CD of complete clarinet music of composer Kimmo Hakola.
John Storgårds studied violin in Finland with Esther Raitio and Jouko Ignatius. He has also studied in masterclasses and abroad with Benjamin Hudson, Ana Chumachenco, Paul Zukofsky and Yair Kless and most important of all maestro Chaim Taub.
In 1993 Storgårds started his conducting studies with professor Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy conductor class. He made his diploma in 1997 with best possible marks.
John Storgårds has been the first concertmaster of Avanti! since 1989, concertmaster of the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra since 1986 and Artistic Director in the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra since 1991. From 1992 to 1996 he was the principal conductor of the Helsinki University Symphony orchestra, during which period the orchestra made many artistically highly regarded concerts and tours and thereby rose to great national fame. From 1996 John Storgårds has been the Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland. In 1997-2000 he was the Principal Guest Conductor of Oulu Symphony Orchestra. From autumn 2000 Storgårds was invited Principal Guest Conductor of Tampere City Orchestra. From August 2001 he also started his work with Tapiola Sinfonietta as permanent conductor.
In spring 1998 Storgårds had a debut with the Düsseldorf Symphony and had an enormous success with his nordic programme, followed by a new invitation. Since that he has been regarded high as conductor in Germany and other European countries. During the last seasons he has conducted e.g. Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Antverp filharmonics, radio orchestras in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Oslo, Israel Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Holland, Ensemble Intercontemporain and all the best Finnish orchestras.
Storgårds has conducted several opera productions at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. In May 2002 he conducts the premiere of Rödhamn, a new opera by Lars Karlsson. In Autumn 2002 he conducts Arabella (Strauss) and Mothers and Daughters (Tapio Tuomela)
In summer 2000 he had a most successful debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Mozart: The Magic Flute).
As violinist, Storgårds has played a.o. with Salonen, Saraste, Segerstam, Klas and Goodman. In 1996 two remarkable recordings were released on Ondine label, violin concertos of Schumann (Tampere Philharmonics/Segerstam) and Pehr-Henrik Nordgren (Wegelius Chamber Orchestra), which both have rosen wide international attention. In 1998 was also released Erkki Melartin’s violin concerto with Tampere Philharmonics and Leif Segerstam conducting (Ondine). In season 2000-2001 Storgårds played as soloist with e.g. Oslo Philharmonics, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Chamber Orchestra, Avanti! and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and recorded violinconcerto of Kaija Saariaho. In May 2002 he also makes a recording of Peteris Vasks violinconcerto
Storgårds has given many first performances of new solo violin pieces, many of which are commitments to him, and he is very highly regarded as chamber musician in many ensembles.
Storgårds has also been rewarded for his many TV-programmes.
Tickets: 120.-, 80.- (reduction –50%)
Tickets: 120.-, 80.- (reduction –50%)