Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto in conversation

On 30 May we welcome Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and violinist Pekka Kuusisto to Royal Festival Hall for a special dynamic, dance-filled programme of Stravinsky and John Adams.

Ahead of this performance the Finnish duo met up in Tampere to discuss the challenges such a concert presents, and what it takes for an orchestra, soloist and conductor to find that musical sweet spot, where tradition, risk-taking and creativity intersect.

The Art of the Groove: Santtu-Matias Rouvali & Pekka Kuusisto in Conversation

I’ve always taught musicians, the notes are only for reference. You don’t need to respect them so carefully, it’s better that you add your own spice.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali


Finnish artists Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Pekka Kuusisto brought their energy and invention to music infused with rhythmic vigour in our Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 30 May, 2019.


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