Into Other Realms

Olli Mustonen talks about an early musical key experience, two new compositions and the special meaning that the Paul Hindemith Award bears for him.

For Olli Mustonen, an eventful end to the year 2019 has been followed by an equally exciting start to the new decade. Born in Finland in 1967, he was awarded the Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau last November — which honours pianists, conductors and composers — and, for nearly his entire artistic life, has looked to Hindemith as a kind of ideal figure of the universal musician who transcends prefabricated roles.

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In 2019, Wergo released a portrait CD including Anssi Karttunen’s recordings of Hans Werner Henze’s English Love Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen.