Korsholm Music Festival has appointed cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson as the new artistic director. He will continue after violinist Cecilia Zilliacus, whose five-year period at Korsholm Music Festival ends with the 2022 festival. Gustafsson starts his work as the artistic director for the Korsholm Music Festival on the 1st of October 2022.
Jan-Erik Gustafsson is currently one of the world’s most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians. He began his studies with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola at the West Helsinki Music Institute and studied further with Mikhail Homitser and Frans Helmerson at the Edberg-Musikinstitut in Stockholm, completing his soloist diploma examination in 1992.
Gustafsson placed well in the 1986 EBU Young Musician competition in Copenhagen, and since then has performed worldwide both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has appeared with countless distinguished orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth SO, the Berlin RSO, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Hobart Symphony Orchestra in Australia, the Netherlands RSO, the Danish RSO, the Swedish RSO and the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Jerusalem SO, the Washington National SO, the New York and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Bern and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore, he has appeared with nearly all Finnish orchestras.
Jan-Erik Gustafsson has made several recordings for Ondine, claiming world-wide critical acclaim and praise for his interpretations. His disc featuring Cello Sonatas by Szymanowski, Kodály and Schnittke (ODE 827-2) was nominated Record of the Year in 1994 and his Englund Cello Concerto disc (ODE 951-2) was nominated Record of the Year 2000, both by the Finnish IFPI. Jan-Erik Gustafsson has given numerous masterclasses in Europe, USA and Asia. He was the artistic director of the Loviisa Sibelius Festival in Finland in 1996–2019. He currently plays on a Stefano Scarampella from 1890.