Creative Dialogue

Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM

Kallio-Kuninkala, Finland


NEW: Creative Dialogue France 2021

CREATIVE DIALOGUE XIII in Santa Fe NM, 2021 is postponed to 2022 because of the travel restrictions.

In 2022 Creative Dialogue XIII will again take place at Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM. 4 composers, 4 pianists and 5 string players will work together with Magnus Lindberg, Anssi Karttunen and Nicolas Hodges. Composers will write pieces for piano and strings wich will be finished and rehearsed during the workshop, instrumentalists will also play pieces for piano and strings by Magnus Lindberg. Improvisation and visits to the numerous cultural landmarks are naturally part of the workshop.

The final concert will take place at the St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe.

Anssi Karttunen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg conceived Creative Dialogue together with Sibelius-Academy in

2007. The ambition of the Creative Dialogue is to inspire young performers and composers to engage in a dialogue that benefits not only the two parties but the music life in general. Performers and composers often study in the same institutions, but are seldom encouraged to find out how much they can to learn from each other. Apart from the immediate personal relations that result from such a dialogue, it will lead to a deeper understanding of how composer-performer friendships have affected the history of music.

The Sibelius Academy, the music university of Finland invites many of the most prestigious Universities and Conservatories in North America and Europe to send students to the Creative Dialogue. The first 6 Creative Dialogues were held at Acequia Madre House, the former Santa Fe, NM home of the Curtin-Paloheimo family. The family founded the living history museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas and is related to the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. In 2015 the workshop was held in FInland, at the Paloheimo family's residence in Kallio-Kuninkala, Järvenpää, Finland, which is a campus of the Sibelius Academy. Creative Dialogue is now held on alternate years in Santa Fe and in Finland.

Creative Dialogue XII Online The workshop couldn't take place in Santa Fe as announced because of the Coronavirus restrictions. Instead, we took the opportunity to organize an online workshop where, apart from this year's participants we invited all those who had been to the Creative Dialogue in the past. Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Anssi Karttunen worked on new pieces and shared experiences.

Creative Dialogue XI again took place at Kallio-Kuninkala in Finland. 4 composers, 4 singers and 6 string players worked together with Kaija Saariaho, Anssi Karttunen and Daniel Belcher. The composers wrote pieces for voice and strings and the performers played pieces for voices and strings by Kaija Saariaho. As usual, an improvisation workshop and performance was also an important part of the workshop as was the visit to the cultural landmarks aroung Kallio-Kuninkala. The final concert took place in the Camerata Hall at the Music Centre, Helsinki on the 25th of August.

Creative Dialogue X took place July 17-26 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. The faculty was Anssi Karttunen, cello, Magnus Lindberg, composition and David Poissonnier, sound design. The focus of the workshop was on compositions for strings and live electronics. The final concert of this 10th anniversary Creative Dialogue was part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and took place at the St. Francis Auditorium on July 26th at 6pm.

Creative Dialogue IX took place in Kallio-Kuninkala, Finland from 28th of August to 5th of September 2017. This time the faculty was Kaija Saariaho, Anssi Karttunen and the French sound engineer David Poissonnier. The focus of this years workshop was music for string instruments and electronics. The 5 participating composers wrote pieces for various string ensembles and electronics for the 3 violinists, 2 viola players and 3 cellists attending. The String players each prepared a work by Kaija Saariaho with electronics. The final concert took place at the Black Box of the Music Centre in Helsinki on the 5th of September at 3pm.

Creative Dialogue VIII took place 19th-28th June 2016 in Santa Fe, NM. Magnus Lindberg and Anssi Karttunen were joined on the faculty by the Led Zeppelin legend, multi-instrumentalist and composer John Paul Jones. The final concert was held at the St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe on the 28th of June. The composer participants wrote pieces for different combinations of low string instruments (3 cellos, 2 double bass and 2 electric bass). The cellists and double bass players shared Magnus's Partia for solo cello, The double bass players transcribed together with Magnus Coranto and Boria. Magnus's Etude I was also be played in a new version by Anssi Karttunen for 5 cellos and 2 double basses. Listen to the concert Improvisation workshops were also an important part of Creative Dialogue this time, instrumentalists and composers improvised together during the week and in the concert.

Creative Dialogue VII was held January 31st to February 7th, 2015 in Kallio-Kuninkala, Tuusula, Finland. Kaija Saariaho was again on the faculty together with Anssi Karttunen and the Finnish pianist Tuija Hakkila. The participants were invited from many of the top European and US conservatories. The young composers wrote pieces for piano and strings. The final concert was at the Music Centre in Helsinki on the 7th of February as part of the festival Musica nova Helsinki and included the student compositions as well as some of Kaija Saariaho's most recent works for strings and piano. 

Creative Dialogue VI in 2014 was led by Magnus Lindberg and Anssi Karttunen with the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan. The workshop took place 3rd-11th July, with a concert at the St. Francis Auditorium on July 11th. The participating composers wrote pieces for voices and string instruments and the performers worked on Magnus Lindberg's pieces and pieces for voice and strings by Kaija Saariaho, Peter Lieberson and Harrison Birtwistle.

Creative Dialogue V took place 17-24th July 2012, it was led jointly by Anssi Karttunen, Magnus Lindberg and the Israeli clarinetist Chen Halevi. The instrumentalists played solo and chamber pieces by Magnus Lindberg (with the composer on the piano) and the composers were invited to write pieces for cellos and clarinets, which were all prepared for a concert at the St. Francis Auditorium, this time once again part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Creative Dialogue IV was a workshop for cellists. This time Anssi Karttunen worked with six cellists on a special project, the Mystery Variations, a series of pieces by 31 composer-friends of Karttunen, written for his 50th birthday. Each participant played 3-6 of the pieces among which were 21 US premieres. The very well attended and enthusiastically received concert took place again at the St. Francis Auditorium.

In the 2010 Creative Dialogue III, Anssi Karttunen and the Finnish Guitarist Timo Korhonen led a group of 5 cellists and 3 guitar players in a workshop of new solo and chamber pieces and improvisation. The repertoire was centered on composers Karttunen and Korhonen have personally worked with, one of the highlights of the final concert was a group improvisation of all the students.

Creative Dialogue II, in 2009, was led by Anssi Karttunen and the participants were 7 cellists who worked on a repertoire of new solo cello pieces and pieces for cello ensembles. Parts of the repertoire were worked with composers, the late Peter Lieberson was present; Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Pablo Ortiz worked with the players via the internet.

Creative Dialogue I in 2008 was a workshop for composers and string players. The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and cellist Anssi Karttunen led the workshop. The string players - 2 violinists, 2 violists and 3 cellists - also worked on solo pieces by Kaija Saariaho. The composers wrote pieces specially for the ensembles of string players available, pieces were rehearsed and revised every afternoon and performed in the final concert, which was organised in collaboration with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.




ALUMNI 2008-2019:

1.Matthew Barnson, composer, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

2.Ben Hackbarth, composer, University of California San Diego

3.Jouni Hirvelä, composer, Sibelius Academy

4.Pasi Lyytikäinen, composer, Sibelius Academy

5.Schuyler Tsuda, composer, University of Minnesota School of Music

6.Andrew Bergmann, composition, University of Minnesota School of Music

7.Bryan Jacobs, composition. Columbia University

8.Yoshiaki Onishi, composition, Columbia University

9.Yuan Peiying, composition, Cornell University

10.Zosha Di Castri, composer, Columbia University

11.Loren Loiacano, composer, Cornell University

12.Taylor Brook, composer, Columbia University

13.Juhani Vesikkala, composer, Sibelius Academy

14.Cecile Marti. composer, Guildhall School of Music 

15.Artur Akshelyan, composer, HEM Genève

16.Nina Young, composer, Columbia University

17.Walter Sallinen, composer, Sibelius Academy

18.Jacob Landau, composer, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

19.Gonzalo Bustos, composer, HEM Genève

20.Joseph Howard, composer, Royal Academy of Music, London

21.Mioko Yokoyama, composer Sibeius-Academy, Helsinki

22.Ashkan Behzadi, composer, Columbia University

23.Nuño Fernández, composer, Sibelius Academy

24.David Bird, composer, Columbia University, New Tork

25.Sophya Polevaya, composer, Royal Academy of Music, London

  1. 26.Jonas Skaarud, composer, Norwegian Music University, Oslo

  2. 27.Kaspar Querfurth, composer, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

  3. 28.Conor Brown, composer, University of Colorado/Boulder

  4. 29.Heidi Hassinen, composer, Sibelius Academy

  5. 30.Grant Luhmann, composer, Yale School of Music     

  6. 31.Onur Yildirim, composer, Columbia University

  7. 32.Keting Sun, composer, Royal Academy, London

  8. 33.William Dougherty, composer, Columbia University

  9. 34.Matteo Gualandi, composer, HEM Genève

  10. 35.Sampo Kasurinen, composer Sibelius Academy

  11. 36.Michael Kropf, University of Michigan

  12. 37.Benjamin Morris, University of Boulder, Colorado

  13. 38.Edo Frenkel, composer Eastman School of Music

  14. 39.Aslıhan Keçebaşoğlu, composer Sibelius Academy

  15. 40.Meeri Pulakka. soprano, Sibelius Academy

  16. 41.Sinead White, soprano, McGill University

  17. 42.Will Bryan, baritone, Florida State University

  18. 43.Erin Hogson, soprano

  19. 44.Ema Nikolovska, messo-soprano, Guildhall School

  20. 45.Thomas Zimmermann, tenor

  21. 46.Eriv Viñas, baritone

  22. 47.Eirik Fosstveit, piano, Norges Musikhøgskola 

  23. 48.Auroora Lahti-Hintsala, piano, Sibelius Academy

  24. 49.Antoine Ouvrard, piano, Conservatoire de Paris

  25. 50.Lambis Pavlou, Sibelius Academy

  26. 51.Jixue Yang, Manhattan School of Music

  27. 52.Katelyn Vahala, USC Thornton School of Music

  28. 53.Tiffany Valvo Lopez, clarinet

  29. 54.Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet

  30. 55.Shi-Wen Fan, clarinet

  31. 56.Veera Myllyniemi, clarinet, Sibelius Academy

  32. 57.Rolf Haas, violin, University of Minnesota School of Music

  33. 58.Tuuli Talvitie, violin, Sibelius Academy

  34. 59.Lisa Romain, violin, Mannes College of Music

  35. 60.Grace Youn, violin, Butler School of Music

  36. 61.Miguel Colom, violin, University of the Arts, Berlin

  37. 62.Yoonhee Lee, violin, Amsterdam Conservatory

  38. 63.Wendy Toh, violin, Eastman School of Music, Rochester

  39. 64.Danielle Daoukayeva, violin, Royal Conservatory, Hague

  40. 65.Onni Toikka, violin, Taideyliopiston Sibelius Akatemia

  41. 66.Holly Workman, violin,  Eastman School of Music

  42. 67.Chandler Yu, violin, Colburn School of Music

  43. 68.Karolina Walarowska, violin

  44. 69.Raina Arnett, violin,  Eastman School of Music

  45. 70.Tiffany Kang, Colburn School

  46. 71.Barak Schossberger, Eastman School of music

  47. 72.Ester Forsberg, viola, Copenhagen Conservatory

  48. 73.Tim Hansson, viola, Sibelius Academy

  49. 74.Molly Goldman, viola, Eastman School of Music

  50. 75.David Medine, viola, University of California San Diego

  51. 76.Olga Reskalenko, viola, Sibelius Academy 

  52. 77.Danika Paskvan, viola, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  53. 78.Zane Sturme, viola, Det Konglige Danske Musikkonservatorium

  54. 79.Julien Altmann, viola, McGill University

  55. 80.Katie McKay, viola, Manhattan School of Music

  56. 81.Jordan Bak, viola, Juilliard School

  57. 82.Laura Paakkari, viola, Sibelius Academy

  58. 83.Steven Tse, New England Conservatory

  59. 84.Hannah Collins, cello, Yale School of Music

  60. 85.Jacqueline Ludwig, cello, New England Conservatory

  61. 86.Ashley Walters cello, University of California San Diego

  62. 87.Ramiro Alvarez, cello, University of Michigan

  63. 88.Yotam Baruch, cello, Indiana University

  64. 89.Kacy Clopton, cello, New England Conservatory

  65. 90.Anton Kukkonen, cello, Sibelius Academy

  66. 91.Mariel Roberts, cello, Eastman School of Music

  67. 92.Caroline Stinson, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  68. 93.Laura Usiskin, cello, Yale School of Music

  69. 94.Hye-Yoon Choi, cello, New England Conservatory

  70. 95.Shannon Hayden, cello, Yale School of Music 

  71. 96.Francesco Mastromatteo, cello, The Butler School of Music

  72. 97.Aleisha Verner, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  73. 98.Joel Salvo, cello, Minnesota School of Music

  74. 99.Hannah Addario-Berry, cello, Friends of Sibelius Academy grant 

  75. 100.Nathan Harrenstein, cello, The Butler School of Music (Univ. of Texas)

  76. 101.Jaani Helander, cello, Sibelius Academy

  77. 102.Jonathan Lo, cello, Eastman School of Music

  78. 103.Mo Mo, cello, Yale School of Music

  79. 104.Oleksa Mucyk, cello, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

  80. 105.Patrick McGuire, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  81. 106.Markus Hallikainen, cello, Sibelius Academy

  82. 107.Joann Whang, cello, Yale University

  83. 108.Khari Joyner, cello, Juilliard School of Music

  84. 109.Henry Meyer, cello, Northwestern University

  85. 110.Cameron Crozman, cello, Paris Conservatory

  86. 111.Oskari Holopainen, cello, Sibelius Academy

  87. 112.Anna Litvinenko, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  88. 113.Benjamin Baker, cello, Eastman School of Music

  89. 114.Berber Heerema, cello, Royal Conservatory, The Hague

  90. 115.Sebastian Baverstam, cello, New England Conservatory

  91. 116.Juan Sebastian Delgado, cello, McGill University, Montreal

  92. 117.Ayano Kanimura, cello, Hochschule für Musik, Basel

  93. 118.Laura Martin, cello, Sibelius Academy

  94. 119.Aaron Wolff, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

  95. 120.Sirja Nironen, cello, The Sibelius Academy

  96. 121.Karine Helene Slåtterbekk, cello , Norwegian Academy of Music

  97. 122.Adele Xiang, cello ,Sibelius Academy

  98. 123.Coleman Itzkoff, Juilliard School of Music

  99. 124.Shulamit Sarid, McGill University

  100. 125.Frederik Blikeng, Double Bass, Royal Conservatory, Oslo

  101. 126. Fredrick Speer, Double Bass, McGill University, Montreal

  102. 127. Brett Armstrong, Double Bass, University of Colorado/Boulder

  103. 128. Mark Appling, guitar, Eastman School of Music

  104. 129. Jakob Van Cauwenberghe, guitar, Manhattan School of Music

  105. 130. Aleksi Rajala, guitar, Sibelius Academy

  106. 131. Logan Kane, Electric Bass, UC Thornton, Los Angeles

  107. 132. Janne  Tuovinen, Electric Bass, Sibelius-Academy

Participating Universities


Amsterdam Conservatory

CNSM, Conservatoire de Paris

Copenhagen Conservatory

Guildhall School of Music

HEM de Genève

Colburn School of Music

Columbia University

Cornell University

Eastman School of Music

Indiana University

Juilliard School of Music and Drama

McGill University

Mannes School of Music

Manhattan School of Music

New England Conservatory

Norwegian Academy of Music

Northwestern University

Royal Academy of Music (London)

Royal Conservatory, The Hague

University of California San Diego

USC Thornton School of Music

University of Minnesota School of Music

University of Michigan

Univ. of Texas, Butler School of Music

Yale School of Music

FACULTY 2008-2017:

     Anssi Karttunen, 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2020

     Kaija Saariaho, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020

     Magnus Lindberg, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020

     Timo Korhonen, 2011

     Chen Halevi, 2012

     Barbara Hannigan, 2014

     Tuija Hakkila, 2015

     John Paul Jones, 2016

     David Poissonnier, 2017, 2018

     Daniel Belcher, 2019

     Nicolas Hodges, 2021