Yearly archive 1997

The two lives of Jaakko Kuusisto

At closer range, Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto do not even look alike. But it's been hard to convince the media that one is Jaakko and the other is Pekka (see VMQ 3/96). To start with, they have both in turn taken first prize in the national Kuopio Violin Competition. Then in 1990 Jaakko came fourth...

Finno-Ugrian tradition; Those Women!

A protégée of the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department, the vocal ensemble 'MeNaiset' has delved deep into the music not only of the Finno-Ugrian peoples but of other nearby races as well. The important thing about this band of young women is not, however, their academic background but the joy they find in singing together....

Liisa Pohjola: “I’ve always wanted to look upon something which no one else has ever seen before”

One afternoon in March 1997, while the eyes of the world were trained on the official residence of the Finnish President where Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin were engaged in dialogue, pianist Liisa Pohjola and composer Usko Meriläinen were ensconced in a Helsinki restaurant only a mile away for a cosy chat about music and performance....

Sakari Oramo: Not daunted by the shadow of Simon Rattle

Sakari Oramo conducted concerts by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra regularly for a number of years, yet few in the audience have ever looked upon him as a star. Until he was appointed successor to Sir Simon Rattle as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). From then onwards the RSO concerts were...