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Olli  Mustonen

Born: June 7th, 1967
Country of origin: Finland
Upcoming :
Conductor: Olli Mustonen
Orchestra: Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
2018-11-29 | Kanazawa (Japan), Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall | national Premiere

Olli Mustonen is a postmodern composer building a bridge over Western classical music from baroque to minimalism, from late romanticism to the new spirituality of the 21st century. Music can capture the secret of life – a current of sounds. […] His music transports the idea of direct experience, an ability that has sunk into oblivion in these technocratic times. (Susanna Välimäki)

Olli Mustonen is something of a musical force of nature – a conductor, composer and pianist in equal measure, imbued with boundless energy and enthusiasm. (The Advertiser, 15 September 2015)

Born in Helsinki on 7 June 1967, Olli Mustonen took his first harpsichord lessons at the age of five and was taught to play the piano by Ralf Gothóni at the age of seven. At the age of six, he made his first composition attempts, and from 1975 studied composition with Einoiuhani Rautavaara. Soon, Mustonen was much sought after, both as a conductor and as a concert pianist (studies with Eero Heinonen).

Since 1989, Mustonen has been playing an active role in the musical scene of his home country; first, he became artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival and from 1990-1992 of the Turku Music Festival as well. He is co-founder and director of the Helsinki Festival Orchestra, and since 2003 has been conducting the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta.

As a pianist, Mustonen has given concerts with numerous major international orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonics, and others. In addition, he maintains close working relations with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and Christoph Eschenbach. In 1999, he performed the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Piano Concerto No. 5, which is dedicated to him, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. For his recording of 24 Preludes and Fugues by Dmitri Shostakovich and 25 Preludes by Charles-Valentin Alkan, Mustonen received both the Edison Award and the Gramophone Award in 1992.

Mustonen’s predilection for contrapunctally interwoven compositions and works of the 20th century which take up ideas from the 17th and 18th centuries (e.g. the Bach arrangements by Ferruccio Busoni and the cycles of preludes and fugues by Paul Hindemith or Shostakovich), is reflected in his own works as well. The concentration on instrumentation and rhythm as well as the use of genre names such as Gavotte, Toccata or Petite Suite are points in favour of this affinity. His Sonata for violoncello and piano illustrates how he establishes connections between baroque counterpoint and modernism, the latter distinctly apparent at the end of the piece.

Mustonen's works attain their individuality through their fresh tonal language rooted in the sonority of the music of his come country. There are clear programmatic references in his work’s titles: e.g. Kaksi Metsätunnelmaa ("Two Forest Impressions"), Vanha kirkko Petäjävedellä ("The Old Church at Petäjävesi") or Kolme poikaa, kolme puuta ("Three Trees, Three Sons").

In 2011, Mustonen began to explore the symphonic tradition. His first contribution to this genre was Sinfonia 1 for baritone and orchestra which was premiered in Tampere by the Tampere Filharmonia under the baton of the composer. Subsequent performances took place in Helsinki, Russia, Germany, and Australia. The text is based on a famous Finish poem by Eino Leino. Also for his Sinfonia 2 with the subtitle "Johannes Angelos", Mustonen was inspired by literature: The novel "The Dark Angel" by Mika Waltari is not set to music, for the symphony is purely orchestral, but provides the subtle program as found in symphonic poems. This work has been premiered in 2014 by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Olli Mustonen conducting.

While it is the pianist who is to the fore in the concert halls throughout the world, it is the conducting and composing activities of Mustonen from Hausjärvi (Finland) which are becoming of growing interest to the public.

As a pianist and conductor, Olli Mustonen is represented by Hazard Chase.

1967

Born in Helsinki (FIN) on 7 June

from 1972
Piano and harpsichord lessons
from 1975
Composition studies with Einoiuhani Rautavaara
from 1989
Artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival
1990-1992
Artistic director of the Turku Music Festival
1992
Edison Award and Gramophone Award for his recording of "24 Preludes and Fugues" by Dmitri Shostakovich and "25 Preludes" by Charles-Valentin Alkan
1999
World premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's "Piano Concerto No. 5" dedicated to Mustonen in Los Angeles, CA (USA)
from 2003
Conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta
2005
World premiere of the Sonata for guitar "Jehkin Iivana" in Kuhmo (FIN)
2009
Artist in Residence at the Usedom Music Festival
2012
World premiere of "Sinfonia 1" for baritone and orchestra in Tampere (FIN)
2012-2013
Artist in Residence at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
2014
World premiere of "Sinfonia 2" in Helsinki (FIN)
2015
World premiere of "Piano Quintet" in Heimbach (D)
2015-2016
Artist in Residence at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Russia Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia
Conductor: Olli Mustonen
Orchestra: Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
2018-11-29 | Kanazawa (Japan), Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall | national Premiere

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  1. Toccata

    Toccata

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano, string quartet and double bass
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9685 Q6098
    €30.99  *
  2. Jehkin Iivana

    Jehkin Iivana

    Sonata for Guitar
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: GA 543 Q6266
    €12.99  *
  3. Sonata

    Sonata

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Edition: score and part
    Order No.: CB 193 Q6374
    €22.99  *
  4. Triple Concerto

    Triple Concerto

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: 3 violins and chamber orchestra
    Edition: piano reduction with solo parts
    Order No.: VLB 114 Q6420
    €30.99  *
  5. Sinuhe

    Sinuhe

    Sonata for Oboe
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: oboe
    Order No.: OBB 44 Q6433
    €7.99  *
  6. Jehkin Iivana

    Jehkin Iivana

    Sonata for Piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20190 Q6551
    €13.99  *
  7. Soul Bird

    Soul Bird

    for harpsichord or piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: harpsichord or piano
    Order No.: ED 21355
    €6.99  *
  8. Ballad

    Ballad

    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: Piano
    Order No.: F 102594
    €20.95  *
  9. Gavotte en Rondeau

    Gavotte en Rondeau

    Paraphrase of the 3 movements from the Partita in E Major for Violin solo
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 9508
    €13.00  *
  10. Toccata

    Toccata

    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano, string quartet and double bass
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9685
    €39.00  *

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Olli Mustonen is a postmodern composer building a bridge over Western classical music from baroque to minimalism, from late romanticism to the new spirituality of the 21st century. Music can capture the secret of life – a current of sounds. […] His music transports the idea of direct experience, an ability that has sunk into oblivion in these technocratic times. (Susanna Välimäki)

Olli Mustonen is something of a musical force of nature – a conductor, composer and pianist in equal measure, imbued with boundless energy and enthusiasm. (The Advertiser, 15 September 2015)

Born in Helsinki on 7 June 1967, Olli Mustonen took his first harpsichord lessons at the age of five and was taught to play the piano by Ralf Gothóni at the age of seven. At the age of six, he made his first composition attempts, and from 1975 studied composition with Einoiuhani Rautavaara. Soon, Mustonen was much sought after, both as a conductor and as a concert pianist (studies with Eero Heinonen).

Since 1989, Mustonen has been playing an active role in the musical scene of his home country; first, he became artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival and from 1990-1992 of the Turku Music Festival as well. He is co-founder and director of the Helsinki Festival Orchestra, and since 2003 has been conducting the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta.

As a pianist, Mustonen has given concerts with numerous major international orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonics, and others. In addition, he maintains close working relations with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and Christoph Eschenbach. In 1999, he performed the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Piano Concerto No. 5, which is dedicated to him, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. For his recording of 24 Preludes and Fugues by Dmitri Shostakovich and 25 Preludes by Charles-Valentin Alkan, Mustonen received both the Edison Award and the Gramophone Award in 1992.

Mustonen’s predilection for contrapunctally interwoven compositions and works of the 20th century which take up ideas from the 17th and 18th centuries (e.g. the Bach arrangements by Ferruccio Busoni and the cycles of preludes and fugues by Paul Hindemith or Shostakovich), is reflected in his own works as well. The concentration on instrumentation and rhythm as well as the use of genre names such as Gavotte, Toccata or Petite Suite are points in favour of this affinity. His Sonata for violoncello and piano illustrates how he establishes connections between baroque counterpoint and modernism, the latter distinctly apparent at the end of the piece.

Mustonen's works attain their individuality through their fresh tonal language rooted in the sonority of the music of his come country. There are clear programmatic references in his work’s titles: e.g. Kaksi Metsätunnelmaa ("Two Forest Impressions"), Vanha kirkko Petäjävedellä ("The Old Church at Petäjävesi") or Kolme poikaa, kolme puuta ("Three Trees, Three Sons").

In 2011, Mustonen began to explore the symphonic tradition. His first contribution to this genre was Sinfonia 1 for baritone and orchestra which was premiered in Tampere by the Tampere Filharmonia under the baton of the composer. Subsequent performances took place in Helsinki, Russia, Germany, and Australia. The text is based on a famous Finish poem by Eino Leino. Also for his Sinfonia 2 with the subtitle "Johannes Angelos", Mustonen was inspired by literature: The novel "The Dark Angel" by Mika Waltari is not set to music, for the symphony is purely orchestral, but provides the subtle program as found in symphonic poems. This work has been premiered in 2014 by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Olli Mustonen conducting.

While it is the pianist who is to the fore in the concert halls throughout the world, it is the conducting and composing activities of Mustonen from Hausjärvi (Finland) which are becoming of growing interest to the public.

As a pianist and conductor, Olli Mustonen is represented by Hazard Chase.

Works
Chronology
1967

Born in Helsinki (FIN) on 7 June

from 1972
Piano and harpsichord lessons
from 1975
Composition studies with Einoiuhani Rautavaara
from 1989
Artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival
1990-1992
Artistic director of the Turku Music Festival
1992
Edison Award and Gramophone Award for his recording of "24 Preludes and Fugues" by Dmitri Shostakovich and "25 Preludes" by Charles-Valentin Alkan
1999
World premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's "Piano Concerto No. 5" dedicated to Mustonen in Los Angeles, CA (USA)
from 2003
Conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta
2005
World premiere of the Sonata for guitar "Jehkin Iivana" in Kuhmo (FIN)
2009
Artist in Residence at the Usedom Music Festival
2012
World premiere of "Sinfonia 1" for baritone and orchestra in Tampere (FIN)
2012-2013
Artist in Residence at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
2014
World premiere of "Sinfonia 2" in Helsinki (FIN)
2015
World premiere of "Piano Quintet" in Heimbach (D)
2015-2016
Artist in Residence at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Russia Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia
Performances
Conductor: Olli Mustonen
Orchestra: Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
2018-11-29 | Kanazawa (Japan), Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall | national Premiere
Products

per page
  1. Toccata

    Toccata

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano, string quartet and double bass
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9685 Q6098
    €30.99  *
  2. Jehkin Iivana

    Jehkin Iivana

    Sonata for Guitar
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: guitar
    Order No.: GA 543 Q6266
    €12.99  *
  3. Sonata

    Sonata

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Edition: score and part
    Order No.: CB 193 Q6374
    €22.99  *
  4. Triple Concerto

    Triple Concerto

    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: 3 violins and chamber orchestra
    Edition: piano reduction with solo parts
    Order No.: VLB 114 Q6420
    €30.99  *
  5. Sinuhe

    Sinuhe

    Sonata for Oboe
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: oboe
    Order No.: OBB 44 Q6433
    €7.99  *
  6. Jehkin Iivana

    Jehkin Iivana

    Sonata for Piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20190 Q6551
    €13.99  *
  7. Soul Bird

    Soul Bird

    for harpsichord or piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: harpsichord or piano
    Order No.: ED 21355
    €6.99  *
  8. Ballad

    Ballad

    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: Piano
    Order No.: F 102594
    €20.95  *
  9. Gavotte en Rondeau

    Gavotte en Rondeau

    Paraphrase of the 3 movements from the Partita in E Major for Violin solo
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 9508
    €13.00  *
  10. Toccata

    Toccata

    Composer: Mustonen, Olli
    Instrumentation: piano, string quartet and double bass
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 9685
    €39.00  *

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