Sunday, May 13
Kleinhans Music Hall, 2:30 pm
It’s your chance to experience the power of Orff’s Carmina Burana live with full orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus! Be there as the BPO presents Jaakko Kuusisto’s new trumpet concerto, performed by BPO Principal Trumpet Alex Jokipii. JoAnn Falletta leads this unforgettable musical experience. Come at 1:30 PM to hear from the artists at “Musically Speaking,” sponsored by Uniland Development.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Alex Jokipii, trumpet
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
JAAKKO KUUSISTO Trumpet Concerto
ORFF Carmina Burana
About Alex Jokipii
Alex Jokipii has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Mr. Jokipii’s earliest training in music began at the age of twelve when he took his first lessons on the B-flat trumpet his mother had kept from her days in the high school band.
Mr. Jokipii began his advanced musical studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, majoring in trumpet and music education, during which time he studied trumpet with Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg. As part of his undergraduate curriculum he enrolled at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied for a year with Timofei Dokschitzer, the celebrated Principal Trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
After returning from his European study and travel Mr. Jokipii completed his studies at UWM which awarded him a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Upon graduation he matriculated to the Juilliard School of Music at Lincoln Center in New York City where he studied with Chris Gekker and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Jokipii received a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School.Shortly thereafter, he was engaged by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra where he held the position of Principal Trumpet from 1996-1998. During that time he also performed with the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet and the Charleston Brass Quintet and served on the performance faculty of Charleston Southern University as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet. He appeared as a soloist at the 1992 and 1994 International Trumpet Guild Conferences and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony.
About Jaakko Kuusisto
Conductor, composer and violinist Jaakko Kuusisto enjoys an extensive career that was launched by a series of successes in international violin competitions in the 1990s. Having recorded concertos by some of the most prominent Finnish contemporary composers, such as Rautavaara, Aho, Sallinen and Pulkkis, he is one of the most frequently recorded Finnish instrumentalists. When BIS Records launched a project of complete Sibelius recordings, Kuusisto had a major role in the violin works and string chamber music. Moreover, his discography contains several albums outside the classical genre.
Kuusisto’s conducting repertoire is equally versatile and ranges from baroque to the latest new works, regardless of genre. He has worked with many leading orchestras, including Minnesota Orchestra; Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras; NDR Hannover, DeFilharmonie in Belgium; Chamber Orchestras of Tallinn and Lausanne; Helsinki, Turku and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras; Oulu Symphony Orchestra as well as the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
Kuusisto performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician and has held the position of artistic director at several festivals. Currently, he is the artistic director of the Oulu Music Festival with a commitment presently until 2017. When it comes to recordings, his collaboration with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra has been critically acclaimed. This includes albums with music by Armas Järnefelt, Kalevi Aho, Jaakko’s father Ilkka Kuusisto, and especially Jaakko’s own Violin Concerto with Elina Vähälä as soloist.
Kuusisto’s compositions consist of more than 30 opuses: chamber and vocal music, orchestral pieces, operas, as well as music for films. His family opera, The Canine Kalevala, was hugely popular at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and ran three seasons. Moreover, his latest opera Elämälle about composer Oskar Merikanto’s life was received with acclaim at the Ilmajoki Music Festival in June 2015 and 2016. Kuusisto’s piano concerto for Dejan Lazic was premiered with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2016, conducted by the composer himself. Currently Kuusisto is working on a bassoon concerto, which is commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and will be premiered in spring 2017. In the summer 2016 BIS Records released an album called “Glow”, which consists of Kuusisto’s chamber music pieces.
Jaakko Kuusisto plays a Matteo Goffriller violin dated 1702.