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Elina Mustonen (Harpsichord)

Born: Finland

The Finnish harpsichordist, Elina Mustonen, began her harpsichord studies at the age of eight. After her
graduation from the Sibelius Academy in 1983, she began studies with the famed Dutch musician Ton Koopman at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, receiving her soloist's diploma in 1988.

Elina Mustonen gave her debut recital in 1987, and has since been performing extensively, both as a chamber musician and as a soloist. Her solo performances have also been in conjunction with all the major Finnish orchestras, and she has toured in Estonia, Iceland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium, France and the USA.

Elina Mustonen has made recordings as a soloist with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman for the Erato label, in chamber music by Marin Marais for BIS label, and in complete recordings of J.S. Bach's French and English Suites (BWV 806-811) for Alba label. Her latests recordings for Alba include Scarlattiana - 15 Sonatas for Harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti and 2XBach, first volume of the complete works for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J.S., C.Ph.E. and J.C. Bach together with Veli-Markus Tapio. She has also participated in international television productions.

Elina Mustonen is currently teaching harpsichord at the Sibelius Academy as well as preparing her doctoral degree with research on J.S. Bach's harpsichord pedagogy for the Departement of Doctoral Studies in Musical Performance and Research at this Academy.

From the Press

"Mustonen's harpsichord art presents the pinnacle of our times."
(Helsingin Sanomat 4/2002)

"I can recommend Elina Mustonen's recording of the English Suites to listener's who want a no-nonsense, straightforward, and musical reading of these compositions."
(American Record Guide 7-8/2004)

"Stunning, ecstatic harpsichord. The 15 Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas are both entertaining utility and sophisticated art. They are simply bursting with invention, instrumental brilliance, melancholy and powerful drama. Harpsichordist Elina Mustonen is a magnificent virtuoso with an expressive force that stuns the listener from the very first moment. She has a superb grasp of the structures and moods of Scarlatti's music and conveys her visions with clarity."
(Suomen Kuvalehti 46/2005)

Source: Musicians And Early Music Ensembles from Finland
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2006)

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