Finnish violinist Abel Puustinen made his debut with a symphony orchestra in 2014 performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at the Helsinki Music Centre. Since he has performed as a soloist with many Finnish orchestras such as The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Puustinen’s passion for chamber music has taken him all around Europe and to Asia. Puustinen is a Young Artist at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, King’s Place, Helsinki Music Centre, The Temppeliaukio Church, Kallio Church, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. As an orchestra musician he has played in all of the major Finnish symphony orchestras and in The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Before moving to London in 2016 to study with Jan Repko at the Royal College of Music Puustinen studied in Finland at the Sibelius Academy with violinists Antti Tikkanen and Laura Vikman. He has also participated in masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, Ilja Grubert, Hagai Shaham, Mihaela Martin, Lucie Robert, Elina Vähälä and Ana Chumachenco to name but a few. Lauri Untamala, Géza Szilvay, Paavo Pohjola and Marko Ylönen have been instrumental in Puustinen’s professional musical career.
Puustinen is a RCM Scholar and plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin generously loaned to him by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.