Martti Rousi

Performance: Athens State Orchestra | Noé Inui, violin | Martti Rousi, cello | Conductor: Nikolai Alexeev

Where: Piraeus Municipal Theatre

When: 5 April 2014

Martti Rousi begun his cello studies in 1968 in his home town Turku. He studied with Juhani Airas, Lauri Voipio, Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen, and later with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy. During his studies with Noras he won the first prize at the 1982 Turku cello competition, after which he appeared as soloist with all major Finnish orchestras. In 1985 he received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Janos Starker at the Indiana University, winning the annual cello competition there. Between 1977 and 1983 he regularly attended masterclasses with William Pleeth and Valter Deshpalj and took private lessons with Natalia Gutman.
In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the eighth Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Since that he has been performing with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras like the Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio Symphony Orchestras, Copenhagen Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valeri Gergiev, Okko Kamu, Emmanuel Krivine and Muhai Tang.
During the 1990s Rousi played in a piano trio with Leonidas Kavakos and Peter Nagy. In recitals he appears with pianists like Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Henri Sigfridsson, Laura Mikkola, Massimo Somenzi and Juhani Lagerspetz. Between 1993 and 2009 Rousi was the artistic director of Turku music festival. In 2012 he was named artistic director of Suvisoitto in Sysmä. He has been serving as a jury member for major competitions like the XIV Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow 2011, Vittorio Gui in Florence, Solistpriset in Stockholm and the Paulo cello competition in Helsinki.
Since 1995 Rousi has been professor of cello at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His cello class there attracts talents from around the world. He plays on cellos by Carlo Giuseppe Testore from 1690 and J-B Lefevre from 1760.

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