New shared artistic model at Helsinki Philharmonic: Pekka Kuusisto, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Anna Clyne

Posted on: April 13, 2022

“In his first official conducting position, Pekka Kuusisto will take on the roles of principal guest conductor and artistic co-director at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (4/13) Strad (U.K.). “The post marks a new chapter for Kuusisto, who already holds several artistic directorships and partnerships with international orchestras. Kuusisto will conduct Helsinki Phiharmonic for four weeks per year in the initial three-year agreement, working alongside newly appointed chief conductor and artistic director Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Anna Clyne, composer in residence, in a new model of a three-fold artistic management team for the orchestra. The team will take over the current leadership of Susanna Mälkki in the summer of 2023…. As well as his newly announced role, Kuusisto is also artistic director of Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and artistic partner with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He is also a collaborative partner of San Francisco Symphony, artistic best friend of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and a featured artist with the Philharmonia Orchestra.” Said Kuusisto, “I am interested in highlighting the wide range of talents that can be found in the orchestra…. Together with the HPO, Anna and Jukka-Pekka, we can certainly expect some great initiatives.”