RUSK 2017 21-26.11
Tillväxt / Kasvu / Growth

– International creativity at the darkest time of the year.

A great big thanks to all participants, sponsors, co-producers, audience and other who in some way has been involved in RUSK 2016. You’re the light in the darkness of autumn! See you again at RUSK 2017, 21-26.11!

RUSK Kammarmusik i Jakobstad
RUSK Kamarimusiikkia Pietarsaaressa
RUSK Chamber Music in Jakobstad


årets tema / vuoden teema / festival theme

årets tonsättare / vuoden säveltäjä / theme composer

konstnärliga ledare / taiteelliset johtajat / artistic directors

artister / taiteiljat / artists
Angelika Klas (sång/laulu/song), Bart van de Roer (piano), Liza Ferschtman (violin/viulu), Yuri Zhislin (violin/viulu), Lilli Maijala (altviolin/alttoviulu/viola), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello/sello), Niek de Groot (kontrabas/kontrabasso/double bass), Hervé Joulain (valthorn/käyrätorvi/horn), Christoffer Sundqvist (klarinett/klarinetti/clarinet), Bram van Sambeek (fagott/fagotti/bassoon), Ismo Eskelinen (gitarr/kitara/guitar), Emil Holmström (piano), Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello/sello & dirigent/kapellimestari/conductor), Henrik Sandås (bandoneon), Iikka Kotaja (piano), Veli-Markus Tapio (dirigent/kapellimestari/conductor), Barock Ostrobothnia, Jakobstads/Pietarsaaren Sinfonietta m.fl./ym./a.o.


Mera information på kommande / Lisätietoa tulossa / More information coming soon

An idea clear as crystal

When the first year of the RUSK festival saw the vague light of November 2013, we had a vision. RUSK – a chamber music festival with a high artistic profile and unbiased, cross-boundary ideas was exactly what Jakobstad needed, especially since the city had just gained a high class concert hall in an unique culture center called Campus Allegro. This was the furnace where creativity was to flow and hopefully where a new star in Finland’s festival sky would be born.

During the last three years, the RUSK festival has gradually found it’s place in and around Jakobstad and slowly but steadily found it’s place on the festival map in Finland and Europe. To build and maintain a festival requires patience, expertise and care, but above all it requires cooperation and a strong will to concretise ideas. Words like focus, crystal clear visions and long-term planning feel more and more distant in today’s hectic world and fragmentary flow of information. Art and culture is playing an important role here and our hope is that the RUSK festival and Jakobstad can continue to meet and learn from each other working towards a crystal clear target set in the future. This year we are especially proud to present the first edition of RUSK Business Seminar, a first step towards unifying the city’s and region’s different actors in order to create an even stronger unity together – a unity that we all are part of building.

This year’s theme composer Jukka Tiensuu’s exciting and insightful music as well as the rest of the repertoire that is presented during the festival shines a light on the festival theme from many different angles. At the same time the point of focus is constantly on rock-solid knowhow in combination with strong clear ideas and realization; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, music of J.S. Bach and Bruckner’s seventh symphony constitute pillars clear as crystal in this year’s program. The whole experience is of course completed by other pearls, both new and old.

Welcome to RUSK!

Christoffer Sundqvist & Sebastian Fagerlund

RUSK is a chamber music festival held annually in Pietarsaari/Jakobstad, Finland at the end of November. At the heart of this festival embracing superb chamber music and various other genres of the arts is the Schauman Hall in the centre of town, but the events also spread out into the surrounding urban environment.

The festival was founded in 2013 by its Artistic Directors, clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist and composer Sebastian Fagerlund. In the space of one week, artists both Finnish and foreign give concerts of both chamber music classics and rarities along with contemporary works. Each year, the festival invites a guest of international renown as its focus composer. In 2013 this was Sebastian Fagerlund and in 2014 Daníel Bjarnason.

RUSK seeks to reflect the present day and age with its myriad variations and challenges. It is a melting pot in which creativity is unleashed in exotic contexts at the darkest, bleakest time of the northern year.