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Sea Scenes: Sibelius & Britten

Friday, October 18—Sunday, October 20, 2024

Friday, October 18—Sunday, October 20, 2024
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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The sea inspires high-risk, high-reward music-making. Newly appointed DSO Principal Guest Conductor Tabita Berglund, “one of Europe’s greatest promises” (Helsingin Sanomat, Finland) leads sea-inspired scenes by Benjamin Britten plus Jean Sibelius’s take on a Finnish epic. Pekka Kuusisto, who “surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive,” (The Telegraph, London), plays a new concerto by Grammy Award-nominated composer Anna Clyne.


Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Time and Tides (US Premiere)
Lemminkäinen Suite


Tabita Berglund


Hailed as “one of Europe’s greatest promises” (Helsingin Sanomat), Tabita Berglund is one of today’s most exciting, talented young conductors who is fast gaining a reputation for her alert, charismatic and inspiring style which elicits “exceptional music-making” (The Arts Desk). Berglund is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, appointed to this post following her debut engagement with the orchestra in 2020. 

Symphonic highlights of the 2023–2024 season include Berglund’s debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Grafenegg Festival where she joins forces with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich for the second time and ahead of further performances later in the season. Working together again with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berglund makes her Garsington Opera debut conducting a revival production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Other return highlights during the season include Berglund’s final concerts as Principal Guest of KSO, as well as engagements with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Trondheim Symfoniorkester, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Throughout 2023–2024, Berglund collaborates with internationally-renowned soloists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leila Josefowicz, Truls Mørk, Camilla Tilling, Benjamin Beilman, Paul Lewis, and Johan Dalene. She continues to champion the music of Nordic compatriots such as Sibelius, Stenhammar, Tveitt, Nordheim, and Thorvaldsdottir, as part of a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven through to Prokofiev, Boulanger, and Lutosławski, among others. 

Previous season highlights include Berglund’s US debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as engagements with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, and the Stavanger symphony orchestras, the Luzerner Symphonieorchester, the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Hallé, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Tapiola Sinfonietta, among others. 

Berglund graduated in 2019 from the Orchestral Conducting Masters course at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor Ole Kristian Ruud. She originally trained as a cellist and received her master's degree under Truls Mørk, performing regularly with the Oslo and Bergen philharmonic orchestras as well as the Trondheim Soloists before conducting became her main focus in 2015. She was the 2018–2020 star of the Talent Norway program and is a past recipient of the Gstaad Conducting Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize. Berglund’s debut CD, on which she conducts the Oslo Philharmonic with violinist Sonoko Miriam Welde, was released in 2021 (LAWO) and subsequently nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) in the 2022 Classical Music category. 

Pekka Kuusisto


Violinist, conductor, and composer Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Kuusisto is the Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Co-Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2023–2024 season. He is also an Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a Collaborative Partner of the San Francisco Symphony, and an Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

In the 2022–2023 season, Kuusisto debuted with Berliner Philharmoniker and performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He returned to orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Kuusisto makes his debuts as a conductor with the Philharmonia and Gothenburg symphony orchestras. He is also Sinfonieorchester Basel’s Artist-in-Residence with whom he appears as a conductor, soloist, and recitalist. 

As a conductor, recent highlights include appearances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber and European Union youth orchestras, the Concertgebouworkest, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

In the 2021–2022 season Kuusisto performed the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Violin Concerto with the HR Sinfonieorchester, and later with the Philharmonia, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Orchestre de Paris. He performed the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s Märchentänze for violin and orchestra with the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestra and later with the Barcelona, Gothenburg, and Danish Radio symphony orchestras. He was also the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Featured Artist. In recent seasons, Kuusisto premiered new works by Sauli Zinovjev, Daníel Bjarnason, Anders Hillborg, Philip Venables, and Andrea Tarrodi. 

Kuusisto is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and a gifted improviser and regularly engages with people across the artistic spectrum. Uninhibited by conventional genre boundaries and noted for his innovative programming, recent projects have included collaborations with Hauschka and Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, pioneer of electronic music Brian Crabtree, eminent jazz-trumpeter Arve Henriksen, juggler Jay Gilligan, accordionist Dermot Dunne, and folk artist Sam Amidon. 

In 2022, Kuusisto released his first album as conductor, partnering with Vilde Frang and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen presenting the Stravinsky and Beethoven Concerti for Warner, and as a soloist performing the world premiere recording of Adès’s Märchentänze for violin and orchestra with Nicholas Collon and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for Ondine. With Pentatone, Kuusisto and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra presented the album First Light in 2021 featuring the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly’s violin concerto, Shrink. Other recent releases include Adès’s Violin Concerto Concentric Paths recorded with Aurora and Nicolas Collon for Deutsche Grammophon, Hillborg’s Bach Materia, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard for BIS, and Daniel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with Iceland Symphony Orchestra with the composer conducting for Sono Luminus

Kuusisto plays the Antonio Stradivari Golden Period c.1709 ‘Scotta’ violin, generously loaned by a patron through Tarisio.



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