Jaakko Kuusisto

Jaakko Kuusisto appointed Chief Conductor of Kuopio Symphony Orchestra

Jaakko Kuusisto will become Chief Conductor of Kuopio Symphony Orchestra starting August 1st, 2018, when current Principal Conductor Alberto Hold-Garrido finishes his tenure. Kuusisto is a widely respected, versatile and influential artist in Finland and abroad.

The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra will return to its home, the Kuopio Music Centre, when renovations are completed in August 2018, and Kuusisto will begin his first season with the orchestra at the same time. "I'm very happy and humbled by the opportunity. The Kuopio orchestra faces excellent prospects for the future, and has the privilege of a remarkably good concert hall. I look very much foreward to long-term planning and working together with the orchestra", Kuusisto comments on his appointment. The Chief Conductor serves as Artistic Director of the orchestra and will conduct the orchestra for 8 weeks per season. Kuusisto's contract spans 3 initial years, after which an extension may be negotiated. 

Jaakko Kuusisto to compose world premiere for FNO

The award-winning book Jää (Ice) by author Ulla-Lena Lundberg will be the subject of Jaakko Kuusisto's new opera, to be premiered at the Finnish National Opera in January 2019. The libretto has been written by Juhani Koivisto, and Anna Kelo will serve as stage director.

Jää was awarded the Finlandia literature prize in 2012, and has been published both in original Swedish and as a Finnish translation. The combined sales are currently at 150.000 copies.