Olli Mustonen

piano | *1967 | Finland

Olli Mustonen is a pianist, but he is much more than that. He himself simply says: musician. He is pianist, composer and conductor all in one. To strictly separate the individual tasks from one another makes no sense to him – and so he excels in all three.

Olli Mustonen (Foto: Outi Törmälä

His musical influences? Everything he has ever heard in his life, be it creaking doors, car horns or music. He performed his first piano concerto at the age of twelve. By then he was already taking composition lessons from Einojuhani Rautavaara, the great Finnish composer of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Olli Mustonen's first instrument, however, was not the piano but the harpsichord: perhaps that is where this crystal-clear sound comes from, this almost percussive touch on the concert grand piano. This is certainly where his fascination for baroque counterpoint and for modern works using this technique comes from: Bach and Shostakovich are naturally side by side in his programs. And he himself also writes a toccata or sonata.
He is a gifted pianist, as if by chance, and that is part of his craft. It enables him to approach even well-known works in a fresh and original way: «Every performance must be a premiere,» he says. This is precisely what Olli Mustonen is known for His musical influences? Everything he has ever heard in his life, be it creaking doors, car horns or music. He performed his first piano concerto at the age of twelve. By then he was already taking composition lessons from Einojuhani Rautavaara, the great Finnish composer of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Olli Mustonen's first instrument, however, was not the piano but the harpsichord: perhaps that is where this crystal-clear sound comes from, this almost percussive touch on the concert grand piano. This is certainly where his fascination for baroque counterpoint and for modern works using this technique comes from: Bach and Shostakovich are naturally side by side in his programs. And he himself also writes a toccata or sonata.
He is a gifted pianist, as if by chance, and that is part of his craft. It enables him to approach even well-known works in a fresh and original way: «Every performance must be a premiere,» he says. This is precisely what Olli Mustonen is known for - on the piano, on the conductor's podium or as a composer. Or everything together. on the piano, on the conductor's podium or as a composer. Or everything together.

September 2020
23.
Wed
20H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Olli Mustonen Klavier Pärt, Beethoven
24.
Thu
18H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Olli Mustonen Klavier Pärt, Beethoven
25.
Fri
18H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Pärt, Beethoven
May 2021
26.
Wed
19H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Olli Mustonen Klavier, Giulia Semenzato Sopran, Sophia Burgos Sopran, Frauenchor der Zürcher Sing-Akademie, NN Einstudierung Bartók, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
27.
Thu
19H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Olli Mustonen Klavier, Giulia Semenzato Sopran, Sophia Burgos Sopran, Frauenchor der Zürcher Sing-Akademie, NN Einstudierung Bartók, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
28.
Fri
19H30
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Olli Mustonen Klavier, Giulia Semenzato Sopran, Sophia Burgos Sopran, Frauenchor der Zürcher Sing-Akademie, NN Einstudierung Bartók, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
June
06.
Sun
17H
Orchestermitglieder , Olli Mustonen Klavier Milhaud, Mustonen, Schostakowitsch
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