Biography

Cellist Samuli Peltonen’s powerful and charismatic ability of interpretation comes out strongest in romantic and contemporary repertoire.

Samuli Peltonen is the winner of many international competitions, and has played as a soloist with most Finnish symphony orchestras and with many orchestras abroad as well. He has worked together with world class conductors and composers like Krystof Penderecki, Sakari Oramo, Sofia Gubaidulina, Osmo Vänskä, Leif Segerstam, Aulis Sallinen and many others.

As a chamber musician he has a highly successful international career. Currently he plays Principal cello at the Finnish National Opera, and is frequently invited to play as guest principal at the Copenhagen Opera and Opera Australia.

He has made radio recordings for Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. A Recording of Cheremissian Fantasy for cello and orchestra with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Ondine) was released in 2010.

Samuli recorded for Yarling records company with his Sibelius Piano trio in 2016.

His next release will be for Bis Company with Kalevi Aho’s piece for cello and piano.

Prices and awards:
* 1st prize Turku cello competition 2006
* 1st prize International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition 2008
(special award for best performance of Penderecki’s cello concerto)
* 4th price in international Paulo Cello Competition 2007
* 2nd prize in the Baltic-Nordic duo competition

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