Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen (b. 1967) is a pianist, who combines pianism with conducting and composing. Mustonen began his studies in piano, harpsichord and composition at the age of five. Initially learning with Ralf Gothóni, he subsequently studied piano with Eero Heinonen and composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara.

As a concerto soloist, Mustonen has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and The Royal Concertgebouw, partnering many of the world’s leading conductors.

As a conductor Mustonen has worked with all the major Finnish orchestras, as well as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Weimar Staatskapelle, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Scottish Chamber, NHK Symphony, the Queensland and West Australian symphony orchestras. In 2021 Mustonen was appointed as the Artistic Director of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a recitalist, Mustonen has played in all the world’s musical capitals, appearing in the Chopin Institute (Warsaw), Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), Wigmore Hall, Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Dresden Festival, Sala Verdi Del Conservatorio (Milan), Symphony Center (Chicago), Zankel Hall (New York) and Sydney Opera House.

In his concert and album repertoire, Mustonen has specialised in large entireties. In recent years he has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas, the concertos of Béla Bartók with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the concertos of Sergei Prokofjev with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Olli Mustonen’s recording catalogue is broad-ranging. His release on Decca of the Preludes by Shostakovich and Alkan received the Edison Award and Gramophone Award for the Best Instrumental Recording. Since 2002 Mustonen has been signed to the Ondine label. His most recent releases include Respighi’s Concerto in modo Misolidio with Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony, and a critically acclaimed disc of Scriabin’s piano music. In 2014, Mustonen released a highly-acclaimed recording of his own Cello Sonata on the BIS label, with Steven Isserlis.

As s composer Mustonen has been recently working with big-scale chamber music compositions, such as Taivaanvalot Symphony for tenor voice, cello and piano. It was world premiered by tenor Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Mustonen in 2019. Mustonen has toured Germany in 2015 with his own Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and piano, and performed the world première of his new Piano Quintet at the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Mustonen’s recital partners include Steven Isserlis and Pekka Kuusisto, with whom he gave the 2013 world première of his Violin Sonata.

Mustonen has been rewarded with the Pro Finlandia -award and Suomi-award of the Finnish Ministry of Culture.

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