FINLANDIA: conductor and soloist Olli Mustonen

March 11, 2011 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Sibelius – symphonic poem “The Bard”, Op. 64
Beethoven – Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a (after Violin Concerto, Op. 61)
Mustonen – “Jehkin Iivana” (Estonian premiere)
Sibelius – symphonic poems “Tapiola”, Op. 112 and “Finlandia”, Op. 26

Conductor and soloist Olli Mustonen

World known Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen has a unique place on today’s music scene. As a pianist, he has challenged and fascinated audiences throughout Europe and America with his brilliant technique and startling originality. In his role as conductor, he founded the Helsinki Festival Orchestra and has worked with many orchestras throughout the world. At the heart of both his piano playing and conducting is his life as a composer. Mustonen has a deeply held conviction that each performance must have the freshness of a first performance, so that audience and performer alike encounter the composer as a living contemporary.

“He gives his whole body to the performance every time… He gives his soul too. He is a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists.” (The Sunday Times).

As a musical interpreter, Olli Mustonen the conductor is very like Olli Mustonen the pianist. Detail after detail is finely articulated, as though etched with the point of a needle… ” (BBC Music Magazine).

Concert is produced by ERSO.

Tickets: 11.50 € (180 EEK), 7.67 € (120 EEK) / 4.47 € (70 EEK)