New Masterclass 2019
take place in Prague
6th - 18th of August
Jukka-Pekka Kuusela has graduated from the Russian Gnessins' Academy of Music (Moscow) with high honours as concert accordionist (student of prof. Friedrich Lips) and as orchestral conductor. He did his post-graduate studies in orchestral conducting with prof. Yuri Simonov in Brussels and Budapest.
Jukka-Pekka Kuusela has played large amount of music of different styles and eras. At the moment - as accordionist - he dedicates himself mostly for contemporary music, because he sees his mission to have accordion on the same level as other academic instruments. However his repertoire includes also works from barocco to romantism as far as he considers very important to have deep knowledge of music of different eras in order to become a cultivated musician. He regularly performs in many prominent festivals, including Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Luosto Classic and Latvian Rezekne Festival. He has toured in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Outside Finland he has also given master classes in Stockholm, Oslo, Riga, Hanoi and Estonia.
Kuusela is the founder and Artistic Director of the Finnish-Russian Symphony Orchestra "Sinfonietta Lentua". In 2008 he was appointed as Chief Conductor of Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra - as the first Finnish Chief Conductor in Russia. He is also working as guest conductor of the Power Strings Chamber Orchestra (Stockholm, Sweden). All together Jukka-Pekka has conducted more than 30 orchestras in Europe and Asia.
Many internationally well-known musicians are co-operating with Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, such as Pekka Kuusisto, Anatoli Melnikov, Sergey Kalyanov, Marko Ylönen, Paavali Jumppanen, Alexandr Lubyantsev, Friedrich and Svyatoslav Lips, Henrik Sandås, Angelika Klas, Martin Alvarado, Johanna Rusanen, Alberto Mesirca and Tanguedia Quintet, just to mention a few.
Kuusela is also actively inspiring the best composers of our time to create new interesting compositions. In this mission his collaborators are e. g. Vladimir Mendelssohn, Mihail Bronner, Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, Mikko Nisula, Lauri Sallinen, Yevgeni Derbenko, Maria Brett, Anna Scammacca and Kalle Välimaa. Jukka-Pekka Kuusela has premiered over 30 contemporary compositions. In addition, he is often invited as a chairman or member of the jury in many international competitions.