Jaakko Kuusisto

Warm initial reaction to Jaakko's new chamber CD

'Glow', a new release featuring chamber music works by Jaakko Kuusisto (BIS SACD 2192) has been given a full five stars by Helsingin Sanomat music critic Jukka Isopuro. "An excellent player himself, Kuusisto knows how to use instruments to their full potential, even in the most delicate nuances. Minimalistic clarity, catchy rhythms, impressionistic whole-tone scales and parallel triads form a style that is both fresh and unique."

 The disc, containing performances by leading Finnish artists - Meta4 Quartet, Heini Kärkkäinen, Paavali Jumppanen, Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma and Kuusisto himself - is available through BIS Records' distributors and several online download sites, including eClassical:  http://www.eclassical.com/labels/bis/glow-chamber-music-by-jaakko-kuusisto.html.

Jaakko Kuusisto to continue as member of the Central Arts Council

Finland's Minister of Education and Culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, has appointed the new Central Arts Council, which will serve from September 2016 on during a 3-year term. The Central Arts Council serves as an advisory body to the Ministry of Education and Culture in policymaking regarding the arts. The new chairperson for the Council will be Risto Ruohonen, and three members from the previous Council will continue to serve; they are Saara Tiuraniemi, Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Jaakko Kuusisto.