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Pianist Olli Mustonen opens the Leeds International Chamber Season 2016/17


Distinguished pianist Olli Mustonen opens the Leeds International Chamber Season 2016/17: Breaking Boundaries at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 4 October.


Part of a series of six concerts all taking place on Tuesday nights at The Venue, Olli Mustonen performs Bach’s emotional Partita No 1 in B flat, Shchedrin’s Russian-inspired Album for the Young and Olli Mustonen’s own composition Piano Sonata (Jehkin Liviana). The concert also features Beethoven’s mighty Piano Sonata Op 106 (Hammerklaver) a work which took Beethoven over a year to complete!


Olli Mustonen is one of the world’s most distinctive musicians. He is equally a composer, conductor, and pianist. Born in Helsinki, Olli began his studies in piano, harpsichord, and composition at the age of five. Among Olli’s close connections with some of today’s most illustrious musicians is his collaboration with Rodion Shchedrin, who dedicated his Piano Concerto No 5 to Olli and invited him to perform at his 70th, 75th and 80th birthday concerts. His release on Decca of Preludes by Shostakovich and Alkan received the Edison Award and Gramophone Award for the Best Instrumental Recording.


Curated by cellist David Waterman, Leeds International Chamber Season 2016/17 focusses on masterpieces from the Austro-German tradition alongside music from composers who resisted against that tradition. Highlights of the season include acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Connie Shih (8 Nov) and a special favourite of British and International audiences ever since her appearance in the Leeds International Piano Competition, Anne Queffélec (piano) performs some popular French pieces alongside lesser known works with Michael Collins (clarinet) and David Waterman (cello) (13 Dec). The season also features the inspirational pianist Ferenc Rados performing alongside one of Europe’s most distinctive and compelling musicians Alasdair Beatson (piano) (17 Jan) and David Waterman (cello) is joined by some of his favourite chamber music partners; Arisa Fujita (violin), David Adams (viola) and Connie Shih (piano) (21 Feb).


David Waterman Artistic Director of Leeds International Chamber Season 2016/17, said:

“Having come to know and love the audience at The Venue through the annual Endellion Spring/Summer Residency, I am delighted and honoured to be curating this International Chamber Season. I am thrilled that some of the artists I most love and admire are participating. I hope that familiar works will become revelations and less familiar works will be wonderful discoveries.”


Tickets for Olli Mustonen and the other concerts as part of Leeds International Chamber Season 2016/17: Breaking Boundaries are priced at £19.50 and £17.50 (concessions available) and can be purchased from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online at


Olli Mustonen - credit Outi Montosen