Stars when they were young (13): Deadly serious brothers

Stars when they were young (13): Deadly serious brothers


norman lebrecht

September 17, 2020

The Finnish virtuoso brothers Pekka and Jaakko Kuusisto.

Clearly not enjoying themselves.



  • Bruce says:

    “Clearly not enjoying themselves.”

    Poor kids. I wouldn’t be either.

  • Violinist says:

    I hope Jaakko had a positive outcome to his recent brain surgery.

  • Barbara says:

    oh dear, they really looked as they were playing just because they had been told to. Dear little boys.

    • Jaakko Kuusisto says:

      Don’t jump to conclusions. I can tell you that playing the violin at that age is very difficult for most of us, and takes all the concentration you can muster – especially on live television. For the record, we were never forced into playing.

  • sam says:

    I love Finnish folk music, and you can just feel that the Finn brothers are so steeped in their Nordic culture and history, that even at this young age, the music emanates from their very souls.

  • Ralph Bateman says:

    Great bowing arms they both have !

  • mary says:

    Jeepers creepers indeed.

    gosh, they were like embodiments of the song itself:

    “Jeepers creepers
    Where’d you get those eyes?
    Gosh all, git up
    How’d they get so lit up?
    Gosh all, git up
    How’d they get that size?
    Golly gee
    When you turn those heaters on
    Woe is me
    Got to put my cheaters on
    Jeepers creepers
    Where’d you get those steepers
    Oh, those weepers, how they hypnotize
    Where’d you get those eyes?”

  • M2N2K says:

    As I said earlier in a comment that disappeared somewhere inside of the World Wide Web: some stereotypes do make sense, and by Finnish standards these boys look like they are borderline orgasmically ecstatic.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    Actually, they look like two Finns having a great time.