Karttunen on Saariaho
|Performing the music of different composers and time periods||00h:00m:30s|
|Finding similarities between composers of different periods||00h:02m:37s|
|Contrast between Lindberg and Saariaho||00h:04m:50s|
|On Schumann and Brahms||00h:05m:05s|
Cello soloist Anssi Karttunen discusses Kaija Saariaho's cello concerto and his philosophy on presenting masterclasses
Anssi Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 135 world premieres of works by composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Rolf Wallin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. Mr. Karttunen performs all the standard cello works, but has also discovered many forgotten masterpieces and transcribed numerous pieces for cello or chamber ensembles. His transcriptions include Brahms's Piano Quintet for String Quintet and Händel-Variations op. 24 for String Trio, Schumann's Cello Concerto for Cello and String Quartet and Album for the Young for String Trio. Mr. Karttunen plays in the Zebra Trio with the Austrian violinist Ernst Kovacic and Canadian viola player Steven Dann. He appears in recitals with Magnus Lindberg, with the violinist Jennifer Koh and with the clarinettist Chen Halevi. He is a founding member ofwww.petals.org, a non-profit organisation for the production and sale of CDs and scores on the Internet. Between 1994 and 1998, Mr. Karttunen was the artistic director of the Avanti!-Chamber Orchestra. He was the artistic director of the 1995 and 1997 Helsinki Biennale and the Suvisoitto-festival in Porvoo, Finland from 1994 to 1997. From 1999 to 2005 Anssi Karttunen was the principal cellist of the London Sinfonietta.