US orch hires reindeer Pekka

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, bouncing back from bad times, is forming a formidable artistic team.

It has now added Pekka Kuusisto, the Sibelius winner to a top table comprising the pianist Jeremy Denk, clarinettist Martin Fröst and two other violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Thomas Zehetmair. Pekka, 38. says the new job ‘gives me reindeer-bumps.’

That may sound better in Finnish.

Pekka Kuusisto

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