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Petteri Pitko

Petteri Pitko is a versatile keyboard player, whose repertoire stretches from the early Baroque to contemporary music. He performs regularly with various ensembles in his native country Finland and abroad. He is a senior lecturer in early music at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Jakobstad, Finland.

As a soloist, Petteri Pitko has performed with renowned orchestras, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Ensemble Resonanz, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He has played at several European music festivals (Chamber Music Series of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Halle Handel Festival, Musica Festival Strasbourg, Festival de musique de Besançon, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Musica Nova Helsinki, Time of Music Viitasaari, among others), in China, Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival), the Canary Islands, and the USA. He has worked as an orchestral musician and continuo player for numerous ensembles, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Rundel, Beat Furrer, Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Justin Doyle, Nathalie Stutzmann, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, and Sakari Oramo.

He was the artistic director of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra 2018-2022.

His diverse repertoire extends from the early baroque to 21st-century music. One of his main interests is in New Music for harpsichord, and he has given several world premieres of chamber and solo works by composers such as Misato Mochizuki, Sarah Nemtsov, Perttu Haapanen, Sebastian Fagerlund, and Jyrki Linjama.

Petteri Pitko studied harpsichord at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris and with Mitzi Meyerson at the University of Arts in Berlin, from which he graduated with Honours.

13.8.2024 18:30 Élégance

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