Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen (born 7 June 1967 in Vantaa) is a Finnish pianist, conductor and composer.



He studied harpsichord and piano from the age of five with Ralf Gothóni and then Eero Heinonen. He studied composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara from 1975. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1987 which led to his New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

He has been artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival in 1988 and the Turku Music Festival from 1990-1992. He is co-founder and director of the Helsinki Festival Orchestra, and has conducted the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta since 2003.

He performed the world première of Rodion Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 5, for which he was the dedicatee, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.


As pianist unless otherwise stated.


For a complete list, see the external link for the Finnish Music Information Centre.

  • Divertimento (1979) for piano and orchestra
  • Fantasia (1985) for piano and strings
  • Toccata (1989) for piano, string quartet and double bass
  • Two Nonets (1995, 2000) for two string quartets and double bass
  • Concerto for Three Violins (1998)
  • Sinuhe - Sonata for Solo Oboe (2005-2006)
  • Jehkin Iivana - Sonata for Guitar (2004) or Piano (2006)
  • Sonata for Cello and Piano (2006)

His composition style combines elements of the neo-classical, neo-baroque and romantic idioms, and he has used minimalist patterns: 'The Baroque elements echo Stravinsky's Pulcinella or the stylizations of Martinů or Ottorino Respighi; these elements dominate the vivacious and rhythmic fast movements, whereas the slow movements are emphatically Romantic.'


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