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Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Nico Muhly, piano

Thursday July 27, 2023 at 7:00pm

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Thursday July 27, 2023 at 7:00pm

Due to the heat and possible thunderstorms, tonight’s performance by Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly will be moved into the air-conditioned Music Room. Tickets are still available for this performance.

Two leading voices on today’s music scene, Finnish violinist, conductor, and composer Pekka Kuusisto and celebrated American composer and pianist Nico Muhly, team up for an evening of unexpected musical connections. Among their explorations will be works by Muhly himself, Glass, Pärt, and other contemporaries. You won’t have to lean in far to hear what made The Globe and Mail, Toronto call this violinist “one-of-a-kind” and The Telegraph, London to identify his music-making as “the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive.”

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Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Violinist, conductor, and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Kuusisto is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Co-Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2023–24 season. He is also Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

An advocate of contemporary music, he recently performed the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Violin Concerto with HR Sinfonieorchester, and later with the Philharmonia, San Francisco Symphony orchestras, and Orchestre de Paris. He performed the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ Märchentänze for violin and orchestra with the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestra and later with Barcelona Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony and Danish Radio Symphony orchestras. He recently premiered works by Sauli Zinovjev, Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg, Philip Venables and Andrea Tarrodi. 

As a soloist, Kuusisto debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony orchestras and returns to orchestras such as Cleveland, Cincinnati Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Philharmonia. He is Sinfonieorchester Basel’s Artist in Residence. 

As a conductor, highlights include the Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, the Concertgebouworkest, and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

Kuusisto recently released his first album as conductor, partnering with Vilde Frang and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen presenting the Stravinsky and Beethoven Concerti (Warner Classics), and the world premiere recording of Thomas Adès Märchentänze for violin and orchestra (Ondine) with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Collon.  

Kuusisto plays the Antonio Stradivari Golden Period c.1709 ‘Scotta’ violin, generously loaned by a patron through Tarisio. 

Nico Muhly, piano

Nico Muhly is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys, (2011) and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Tallis Scholars, King’s College and St John’s College, Cambridge, Wigmore Hall, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. He is an avid collaborator, and has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon; and has written film scores for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), and the BBC adaptation of Howards End (2017).  

Among his concerti are works for violin, (Shrink, for Pekka Kuusisto), organ (Register, for James McVinnie), viola (Nadia Sirota) He collaborates with the same artists as a composer and performer of chamber music. He has written vocal works for Iestyn Davies, Renée Fleming, and Nicholas Phan, has collaborated with artists Maira Kalman and Oliver Beer, and has created site-specific pieces for the National Gallery, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and written articles for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008).  

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Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.