St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Martti Rousi and the Sibelius Academy Cello Ensemble

Martti Rousi (cello)
Piia Komsi (soprano)

Sibelius Academy Cello Ensemble comprising:
Jonathan Roozeman
Lauri Kankkunen
Markus Hallikainen
Oskari Holopainen
Marina Vidal Valle
Lauri Rantamoijanen
Laura Martin

Jean-Baptiste Bréval
Sonata for two cellos, Op. 12 No. 5

David Popper
Suite for two cellos, Op. 16

Jean Sibelius
Romance in F major, Op. 78 No. 2
Jääkärien Marssi, Op. 91 No. 1

George Gershwin
Summertime from Porgy and Bess

Leonard Bernstein
I feel pretty from West Side Story

Aija Puurtinen
Witch and Sun the Father for soprano and four cellos

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Andante cantabile for five cellos

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas brasileiras No. 1 for cello ensemble
Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and eight cellos

About the performers

The Sibelius Academy Cello Ensemble was established by Martti Rousi and his finest students. Each member of the ensemble is also a soloist, many of them having received prizes at national and international competitions. Leading Finnish composers including Kalevi Aho, Aija Puurtinen and Osmo Tapio Räihälä have written works for the ensemble. The Sibelius Academy Cello Ensemble performed at the inauguration of the new Music Centre in Helsinki in August 2011, in addition to appearances at concert halls such as the Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna and the Turku, Sysmä and Kuhmo Music Festivals. In January 2015 the ensemble appeared at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in November the same year it performed at the Tampere Hall in Tampere (Finland).
The ensemble’s broad repertoire starts with renaissance and baroque music and includes romantic composers such as Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Sibelius as well as featuring such South American classics as Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla. Sopranos including Piia Komsi, Mari Palo and Tuuli Takala perform with the ensemble on a regular basis.
Each of the ensemble’s musicians performs an instrument crafted by leading Italian and French masters, among them David Tecchler, Carlo Tononi, Carlo Giuseppe Testore, Giacomo Rivolta, Nicolas Lupot, Gustave Bernardel, Jaques Thibout.

Age category 6+

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