news_2012_10_02The concerts by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra sometime in the early 1970s, in what was then the brand-new Finlandia Hall, are among my earliest concert memories. Even at that time, I vividly remember such things as the oboe solos of Aale Lindgrén and many other thrilling musical experiences. Now, forty years later, the orchestra has invited me to be its artist-in-residence for the 2012/2013 season. It has been very inspiring to plan these concerts, which I most eagerly await.” – Olli Mustonen.

To mark the opening of his year long residency with Helsinki Philharmonic, Olli Mustonen will be in recital tonight (23rd October) performing the following programme to a full house: Bach, Partita no. 5; Shostakovich, Piano Sonata no. 2; and Rachmaninov 13 preludes.

Featuring him in his various musical roles (pianist, conductor and composer), future concerts with the orchestra include amongst others 31st October and 1st November in which he conducts works by Shchedrin, Prokofiev and himself, and a Finnish Music Day concert on 8th December.