Ander Perrino Bass

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Jarkko Riihimäki: Polku “quasi una sonata” III.Salsita (select.)

The double bass is the instrument through which I express myself in its purest form. I feel that creating this album is my way of expressing gratitude to it. It is essential for me that everything has meaning. By taking the sonata form as the guiding thread for the album, I have meticulously assembled the pieces, as if they were a puzzle. Each of the works holds great significance for me, representing an important part of my relationship with music. The sonata is the structural form that has been widely used in European classical music since the mid-eighteenth century. Therefore, given that Johannes Brahms, especially his sonatas for violin and piano, has had the most significant impact on my musical life, I wanted to pay him a small tribute. 

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Ander Perrino

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1986, Ander Perrino is one of the most renowned double bass players of his generation. He moved to Berlin in 2007 to study double bass at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, and since the beginning of his professional career, Perrino has been invited as Principal Double Bass by the best orchestras in the world.
He has held the position of Principal Double Bassist with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin since 2015.

He has numerous projects, including the company Linien Soundkraft, created together with the oboist Maria Lindo to merge music with other artistic disciplines. Such as the innovation of the musical story El niño y la bestia (The Boy and the Beast), written and narrated by Elvira Lindo. Ander Perrino began writing his own music in 2020, elaborating his first project with music inspired by Basque emigration to America over the centuries, where the musical fusion between both cultures, and the book La transparencia del tiempo by the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura were his main inspiration.

He recently premiered his Concerto for double bass and winds with the Vitoria Municipal Band, conducted by Luis Orduña. His work Cinco relatos cortos, for English horn and bassoon, has been recorded on the album Maria Lindo, English Horn by the Ibs Classical label.

In 2010, Ander Perrino made his debut as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi conducted by Andrés Orozco Estrada, performing Nino Rota’s Divertimento concertante for double bass and orchestra, and participated
in the Prague Double Bass Convention in 2016, performing a recital with pianist Jarkko Riihimäki.

Jarkko Riihimäki

The Berlin-based pianist, composer and arranger studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He has toured Europe, Asia and South America, as well as participated in numerous European festivals, such as the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Riihimäki is a particularly versatile musician and is at home in numerous genres. This ranges from classical to jazz, pop and musical.

He is also an accomplished Lied accompanist and performs with numerous Finnish concert and opera singers, but also with international stars such as Simone Kermes or Rolando Villazón. In addition, Riihimäki plays in numerous ensembles and duo projects. With accordionist Veli Kujala, he has developed a completely new concept combining music and magic. The premiere of the program The Magicians of Music was in February 2020.

As an arranger and composer, Riihimäki has written for the DSO Berlin, the Fauré Quartet, Lisa Batiashvili, Simone Kermes, Emily D’Angelo, Moritz von Oswald, the David Orlowsky Trio, clarinetist Matthias Schorn, Konstantin Wecker and the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet, among others. 

He works regularly for record companies and television channels such as Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Universal, Edel Classics, ARTE and ZDF. Between 2013-2019, Riihimäki worked at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Riihimäki has released 4 albums with his own projects. The latest, Tales From Within by Jarkko Riihimäki Film Orchestra, was released in 2016. Riihimäki is an active member of Rapsody in school, and thus has performed with his fellow musicians in various schools and drop-in centers.