The Oulu-based conductor, composer and violinist Jaakko Kuusisto has been appointed Artistic Partner of Oulu Symphony Orchestra. He brings a pervasive connection to the Finnish music scene and conducts the orchestra 4–6 weeks a year. He is well-known for his versatile career. Kuusisto concluded his term as Artistic Director of Oulu Music Festival this year. The main guest director of Oulu Symphony Orchestra in 2005–2009, he has directed the orchestra on a regular basis since then. He currently acts as Chief Conductor of Kuopio Symphony Orchestra under a contract that extends to summer 2023.
“I started to collaborate with Oulu Symphony Orchestra more than 15 years ago. Our teamwork has become very intense over the years, so I’m very happy about this appointment. Together we have produced countless concerts, and I feel that our relationship continues to be fresh and inspiring. I also eagerly look forward to engaging in a dialogue with Rumon Gamba”, says Kuusisto.
Kuusisto’s contract period will start in January 2022.