Olli Mustonen

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Olli Mustonen (born 7 June 1967 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish pianist, conductor, and composer.[1]


Mustonen studied harpsichord and piano from the age of five with Ralf Gothóni and then Eero Heinonen. He studied composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara from 1975 and in 1987 won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which led to his New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

His debut solo piano recording for Decca, of the cycles of preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich and Charles-Valentin Alkan, won both the Gramophone and Edison Awards. In addition to Decca, he has also made recordings for RCA and Ondine, notably of works by Beethoven and various modern Russian composers. Mustonen has performed with numerous major international orchestras and is regarded as "one of the internationally best-known pianists of his generation."[2]

He has been artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival in 1988 and the Turku Music Festival from 1990 to 1992. He is co-founder and director of the Helsinki Festival Orchestra, and since 2003 has conducted the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta.

He performed the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Four Russian Songs", 1998), which was dedicated to him, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on 11 October 1999.[3]

As a composer, his work shows a "predilection for contrapunctally interwoven compositions and works of the 20th century which take up ideas from the 17th and 18th centuries, for example the Bach arrangements by Ferruccio Busoni and the cycles of preludes and fugues by Shostakovich, or Ludus Tonalis by Paul Hindemith."[4]


As pianist unless otherwise stated.


For a complete list, see the external link for the Finnish Music Information Centre.

  • Divertimento (1979) for piano and orchestra
  • Fantasia (1985) for piano and strings
  • Toccata (1989) for piano, string quartet and double bass
  • Two Nonets (1995, 2000) for two string quartets and double bass
  • Concerto for Three Violins (1998)
  • Sinuhe – sonata for solo oboe (2005–2006)
  • Jehkin Iivana – sonata for guitar (2004) or piano (2006)
  • Sonata for cello and piano (2006)
  • Symphony No. 1 Tuuri (2012) for baritone and orchestra
  • Symphony No 2, Johannes Angelos (2013)
  • Symphony No 3, Taivaanvalot (Heavenly Lights) (2020)[7]
  • String Quintet No. 1 (2015)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (2017)

His composition style combines elements of the neo-classical, neo-baroque and romantic idioms, and he has also used minimalist patterns: 'The Baroque elements echo Stravinsky's Pulcinella or the stylizations of Martinů or Ottorino Respighi; these elements dominate the vivacious and rhythmic fast movements, whereas the slow movements are emphatically Romantic.'[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Olli Mustonen (Piano, Composer) – Short Biography". bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Olli Mustonen (Piano, Composer) – Short Biography". bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ Dave Kopplin. "Piano Concerto No. 5". laphil.com. Archived from the original on 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Olli Mustonen: Profile". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. ^ Edison Award and Gramophone Award for the Best Instrumental Recording in 1992
  6. ^ YouTube – Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 part 1 – Olli Mustonen
  7. ^ Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 recorded on Ondine ODE1422-2 (2023)

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