Olli Mustonen

piano/conductor

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Biography

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... the clarity and extraordinary finesse yield something I can only describe as visionary. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE                                  

Olli Mustonen is a fascinating artist who brings exceptional intelligence and musicianship to every one of his experiences on the concert stage. His three roles as composer, pianist and conductor are combined in an equal balance which gives Mustonen a unique place in the musical world. Working time and again with the world’s leading orchestras, Olli has recently released the second and last volume of the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos, recorded with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu for the Ondine label.

Newly appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Olli Mustonen has a unique place on today’s music scene. Following the tradition of great masters such as Rachmaninov, Busoni and Enescu, Mustonen combines the roles of his musicianship as composer, pianist and conductor in an equal balance that is quite exceptional, often bringing them together in one fascinating triple role performance.

During an illustrious career spanning 35 years, Mustonen has brought his extraordinary musical insight to many of world’s most significant orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and all the London orchestras.

Recipient of the 2019 Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau, Mustonen’s life as a composer is at the heart of his piano playing and conducting. Frequently bringing his own works to the chamber music stage, last season saw the World Premieres of his work Taivaanvalot (Heavenly Lights) for Tenor, Cello and Piano at Het Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, performed by Mustonen himself, alongside Ian Bostridge and Steven Isserlis. Further performances took place at London’s Wigmore Hall and in Hong Kong. A further world premiere was his new string sextet, commissioned by the Beethoven Festival Bonn and first performed in February 2020.

Elsewhere, highlights of last season included concerts in Italy with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, a tour of South America, as well as recitals in Italy, Germany’s Klavierfestival Ruhr, Singapore and Finland.

In the 2020/21 season, Mustonen officially commences his directorship of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Another main feature of his season will be as guest artist in the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich’s series «In Focus». He will be presented as an “extraordinary artist who inspires the audience with his individual approach and new concepts”, and appear with Music Director Paavo Järvi as soloist in Bartóks piano concert No. 1, in addition to a chamber recital with orchestra members including a performance of Mustonen’s own Piano Quintet. In Japan he will perform as soloist with the NHK Symphony and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestras. He will also perform with the Prague Philharmonia, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, in solo recitals including at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw and the Tokyo Spring Festival, and in duo concerts with Steven Isserlis in several European countries.

As a recitalist, Mustonen has appeared in recent seasons at the Diaghilev Festival Perm, Dresden Festival, Cal Performances Berkeley, Symphony Center Chicago, New York Zankel Hall and Sydney Opera House. With Steven Isserlis, Mustonen has performed as a duo for more than thirty years. 2019 saw the release of their disc of Russian works for cello and piano on the Hyperion label.

Particularly close to Mustonen’s heart are the piano concertos of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Bartok, all of which he has performed with leading orchestras. His repertoire also includes Respighi’s Concerto in modo misolidio, which he has recorded with the Finnish Radio Symphony and Sakari Oramo on the Ondine label. He is completing his recording projects encompassing all of Bartok and Prokofievs’ piano concertos, also for the Ondine label.

Born in Helsinki, Olli Mustonen began his studies in piano, harpsichord and composition at the age of five. Initially learning with Ralf Gothoni, he subsequently studied piano with Eero Heinonen and composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara.  

Season 2020/21

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Programme Suggestions

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EXEMPLARY PLAY/CONDUCT PROGRAM FOR STRING ORCHESTRA & VIOLONCELLO SOLO:

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Keyboard in D major BWV1054
Hindemith: The Four Temperaments for piano and strings
Mustonen: Sonata for Cello and Orchestra
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 (arr. string orchestra)

EXEMPLARY PLAY/CONDUCT PROGRAM FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA:

Mozart: Piano concerto in F Major KV 413
Hindemith: The Four Temperaments for piano and strings
Shchedrin: Musik for strings, two oboes, two horns and celesta (based on music from the ballet The lady with the Lapdog)
Mustonen: Triptych

EXEMPLARY PLAY/CONDUCT PROGRAMS FOR SYMPHONYORCHESTRA:

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C major KV 503
Mustonen: Triptych for string orchestra
Shchedrin: Old Russian Circus Music

Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Mustonen: Symphony No. 2 “Johannes Angelos”

Mustonen: The Old Church at Petäjävesi
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

Sibelius: Pelleas and Melisande Op.46
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Mustonen: The Old Church at Petäjävesi
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

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Diskography

Schostakowitsch & Kabalewsky: Cellosonaten

Schostakowitsch & Kabalewsky: Cellosonaten

Olli Mustonen (Klavier), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Hyperion, 2019, CDA68239

Prokofiev2

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2&5

Olli Mustonen (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)
ONDINE, 2017, ODE 1288-2

Prokofjew

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1,3&4

Olli Mustonen (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)
ONDINE, 2016, ODE 1244-2

Martinu

Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos.1-3; Works by Sibelius and Mustonen

Olli Mustonen (piano) and Steven Isserlis (cello) 
BIS, 2014, BIS - 2042

Scriabin

Scriabin - Twelve Etudes, Op. 8

Olli Mustonen (piano)
ONDINE, 2012, ODE 1184-2

OM - Helsinki Festival Orchestra

Helsinki Festival Orchestra Live

Olli Mustonen (conductor), Helsinki Festival Orchestra
ONDINE, 2012, FUGA9335

Respighi

Respighi - Concerto in Modo Misolidio

Olli Mustonen (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)
ONDINE, 2010, ODE 1165-2

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