Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Kasmir Uusitupa

Kasmir Uusitupa, starting violin at three, progressed through Itä-Helsinki Music School, Sibelius Academy’s Youth Department, to professional studies at University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Paris Conservatory, and Menuhin Academy. His key violin mentors include Kaija Saarikettu, Lauri Untamala, Paavo Pohjola, Antti Tikkanen, Olivier Charlier, Oleg Kaskiv, and Maxim Vengerov. Uusitupa’s musical background includes a generous dose of folk music, nurtured in family musical sessions. His enduring interest in various music styles and improvisation has remained a vital part of his musical identity throughout his life.

Uusitupa has made appearances in nearly every leading Finnish orchestra, whether as a conductor, soloist, or concertmaster. Regularly performing as a chamber musician at festivals across Finland and Europe, he currently holds the position of the 2nd concertmaster at the Finnish National Opera and serves as the conductor of the Helsinki Junior Strings. His conducting studies began at the Jorma Panula Academy in 2016 and continued in Sakari Oramo’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy from the fall of 2023. Uusitupa’s comprehensive approach to making music, has solidified his position as one of Finland’s most versatile musicians among the new generation.

Uusitupa plays on a Spiritus Sorsana ”Liisa Huovinen” violin (~1700, Cuneo, Italy), kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

Programme

Mon
15.7.

W. A. Mozart (1756—1791):

Divertimento in D, K. 136 for string orchestra 'Salzburg Symphony No. 1' (1772)

Mon
15.7.

Sebastian Fagerlund (1972):

Strings to the Bone for string orchestra (2015)

Mon
15.7.

Steve Reich (1936):

WTC 9/11 for string quartet and pre-recorded voices (2010)

Wed
17.7.

Sebastian Fagerlund (1972):

Guitar Quintet (2024, commissioned by Kuhmo Chamber Music, premier)

Thu
18.7.

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 100 for violin and piano (1886)

Mon
22.7.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809—1847):

Piano Quartet in D minor (1821)

Tue
23.7.
Wed
24.7.
Thu
25.7.

Johannes Brahms (1833—1897):

Piano Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 26 (1861)

Fri
26.7.

Fritz Kreisler (1875—1962):

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3 for violin and piano (before 1910)

Sat
27.7.

Francesco Darmanin (1995):

The Sudden Lightness for piano quartet (Winner of the Vladimir Mendelssohn Composition Competition 2023, Finnish premier)