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Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen

*7 VI 1967 Helsinki

Composer, pianist and conductor. He began his studies with Ralf Gothoni, before studying piano with Eero Heinonen and composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara. As a soloist, he has worked with the world’s leading orchestras and greatest conductors. He enjoys a close collaboration with Rodion Shchedrin, who dedicated his Piano Concerto No. 5 to Mustonen. In recent years, he has conducted the first performances of his own compositions: Symphony No. 1 (‘Tuuri’) with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (2012), Symphony No. 2 (‘Joannes Angelos’) with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (2014) and Sonata for cello and orchestra with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (2015). In 2017, he was composer-in-residence of the Davos Festival (Switzerland). As a conductor, he has led all the major Finnish orchestras, as well as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Weimar Staatskapelle, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber, Estonian National Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Tchaikovsky Symphony and NHK Symphony. As a propagator of the music of Prokofiev, he has recently recorded all that composer’s piano concertos with the Finnish Radio Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu (2016, 2017) and also performed the complete piano sonatas, including on tours of Belgium and the Netherlands and at the Ruhr Piano Festival (2017). Mustonen’s record catalogue is wide ranging. His recording of preludes by Shostakovich and Alkan (Decca) received the Edison Award and Gramophone Award for Best Instrumental Recording. Since 2002, he has recorded for Ondine. He has performed at ‘Chopin and his Europe’ several times.


 

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