Finnish ‘triple threat’ Olli Mustonen recently returned from a short tour of Brazil with the Royal Northern Sinfonia as part of a prestigious orchestral leadership conference in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, at the invitation of the British Council. The programme not only showed the wide-ranging abilities of the chamber orchestra and its principal players in Mustonen’s Triple Concerto and Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto, but presented Olli in all three roles as composer, conductor and piano soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D (arranged by the composer for piano) and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 1. The tour was preceded by a concert at the orchestra’s North England home of Sage Gateshead, receiving critical acclaim.
“Such are his gifts that any one of these in isolation would ensure his place among the great and the good of modern classical music. But to maintain such excellence in all three fields is extraordinary.” – Chronical Live
“Mustonen is such a natural musician you feel he could perform [Beethoven Violin Concerto in D arr. Piano] on kazoo and still make it sound persuasive.” – The Guardian
Find out more about the Tour at the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s website.