COVID-19 vaccinations or negative test results as well as masks will be required to attend SPCO performances at the Ordway.

Artistic Partners

The SPCO is recognized for its innovative approach to artistic leadership. In 2004, the SPCO transferred broad artistic responsibilities from a music director to the SPCO musicians and a dynamic group of Artistic Partners. The current roster of Artistic Partners consists of British Baroque specialists Jonathan Cohen and Richard Egarr, American pianist Jeremy Denk, American composer and musical commentator Rob Kapilow, and Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Past Artistic Partners include Roberto Abbado, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Joshua Bell, Douglas Boyd, Martin Fröst, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Nicholas McGegan, Stephen Prutsman, Dawn Upshaw, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair. In collaboration with a committee of SPCO musicians and management, the Artistic Partners develop distinctive multi-year programming plans focused on the particular musical interests they share with the SPCO.

Jonathan Cohen, Conductor Photo: Marco Borggreve

Jonathan Cohen

“…rising like a shooting star through the period performance sector…”
— Huffington Post

“What musical intelligence! … Jonathan Cohen appears as one of the spokesmen of ‘Baroque 2.0.’ …This is the exploration of a wider range of nuances and subtleties in many combinations and colorings.” — Le Devoir

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Jeremy Denk

“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” — The New York Times

“Denk is a pianist with much more than commendable technical skills. His keen intellectual curiosity, combined with insightful phrasing, can generate unusually vivid interpretations of an extensive repertoire.” — The Baltimore Sun

Richard Egarr

“Egarr has an engaging stage presence, undeflectable focus and an infectious enthusiasm for the music he plays…luminous…riveting…serious, haunting…” — The Washington Post

Rob Kapilow

“An educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one … Rob Kapilow’s insightful and entertaining programs … often bring moments of revelation to even the most seasoned aficionados.”
 — Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow. … He’s as lively as a top-flight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he’s also got substance in spades.”
 — Kansas City Star

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Pekka Kuusisto

“Pekka Kuusisto’s rare gift is to become rather than perform the music he plays.”  — The Guardian

“If you’ve encountered an uncomfortably aristocratic air at some classical music concerts you’ve attended, be assured that violinist Pekka Kuusisto seems intent upon doing away with that.” ­— Pioneer Press

“His breathless tempo in the finale left both orchestra…and audience pleasantly warm. I went home singing….he is not so much a violinist as a musician who happens to play the violin.” — Star Tribune