Kari Kriikku has appeared internationally with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philhamonique de Radio France, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, La Scala of Milan, the German orchestras of WDR Koln and Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has worked with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Storgårds and Osmo Vänskä. Kari Kriikku has performed chamber music with the Arditti Quartet, the New Helsinki Quartet, the Avanti! Quartet, the Borodin Quartet, and the Jean Sibelius Quartet, as well as together with such musicians as Natalia Gutman, Aleksei Lyubimov, and Yuri Bashmet.
His musical inventiveness and fresh attitude towards traditional performance have established for Kari Kriikku a fascinating and versatile career as a soloist and in chamber music. Since the early 1980's, his membership in the Toimii Ensemble and (as artistic director since 1998) in the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra naturally led him to contemporary music and also to performances that break the bounds of conventional concerts. Kari Kriikku has also performed repertoire of the Classical era and has recorded concertos by Bernhard Henrik Crusell (ODE 965-2), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Melchior Molter (ODE 1056-2), and Carl Maria von Weber (ODE 895-2) to great international acclaim. In 2009, Kari Kriikku became the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Music Council Prize.
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Four Preludes and Serious Songs
Distant Land (Music with Brahms for Orchestra)
Op. 120 No. 1 (Clarinet Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio)
Michael Nagy, baritone
Kari Kriikku, clarinet
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Olari Elts, conductor