Violinist, Composer, and Conductor Jaakko Kuusisto Has Died, Aged 48

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Famend Finnish musician Jaakko Kuusisto handed away on February 23, 2022, after affected by the consequences of mind most cancers. Born right into a musical household in 1974, Kuusisto was the son and grandson of the Finnish composers Ilkka and Taneli Kuusisto respectively. He and his youthful brother Pekka Kuusisto each discovered the violin from an early age.

Jaakko Kuusisto studied initially on the Sibelius Academy after which headed to America alongside his brother to additional his research with Miriam Fried at Indiana College.

He discovered early competitors success first in Finland after which internationally, receiving First Prize on the 1989 Kuopio Violin Competitors, and reaching the finals on the Sibelius, Indianapolis, and Queen Elisabeth violin competitions. In 1997, the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä appointed Kuusisto concertmaster of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the place he was to remain for the subsequent fifteen years.

Kuusisto’s musical prowess went nicely past his skills as a virtuosic soloist, nonetheless. As a composer, he wrote roughly 40 works. He discovered specific success within the realm of opera and likewise wrote a spread of movie music and chamber music.

As a conductor, too, he made an impression upon Finland’s musical panorama, main the Oulu Symphony from 2005 to 2009, and dealing because the Chief Conductor of the Kuopio Metropolis Orchestra from 2018 onward.

Kuusisto additionally hung out working in native politics and represented the Inexperienced occasion on his native municipal council in the course of the course of his quick sickness.

Kuusisto is survived by his spouse, Maija Kuusisto (née Perola). The couple had been married in 2019, and had been collectively for round 5 years prior. Kuusisto can be survived by his two kids from his first marriage.

“He cherished, he was cherished, he radiated good round him, which now shines within the reminiscences,” wrote Jaakko’s youthful brother Pekka Kuusisto on social media. “We search for these reminiscences within the wind and a mild point out right now.”

“The music world has misplaced a exceptional artist and we now have misplaced an incredible Laureate, regarded for way over being a advantageous violinist,” mentioned Glen Kwok, the Govt Director of the Worldwide Violin Competitors of Indianapolis.

“Past his fantastic return performances in Indianapolis which included his personal compositions, we had been significantly proud to collaborate with Jaakko within the 2018 Competitors by that includes his orchestrations of six Kreisler works for violin and string orchestra in our Classical Finals for the primary time. They had been actually one of many highlights of the Competitors,” Kwok added.

You’ll be able to hear a recording of Kuusisto and pianist Iiro Rantala enjoying an association of the Finnish music “Vanhojapoikia viiksekkäitä” under.


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