Jaakko Kuusisto

Jaakko's Trumpet Concerto in Buffalo

Jaakko Kuusisto's 2017 Trumpet Concerto will be performed in concerts by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on May 12th and 13th. The soloist is Alex Jokipii, the BOP's Principal Trumet, and the performances will be conducted by BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta. The concerts are being recorded for a future CD release.

The Concerto was originally commissioned by the Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. The commission was made possible by a gift from John and Pauline Kiltinen. The first performance was in Marquette in November 2017.  

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.