Creative Dialogue

Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM

Kallio-Kuninkala, Finland



Creative Dialogue X will take place July 17-26 2018 in Santa Fer NM.

The faculty will be Anssi Karttunen, cello, Magnus Lindberg, composition and David Poissonnier, sound design. The focus of the workshop will be on compositions for strings and live electronics. The final concert of this 10th anniversary Creative Dialogue is once again part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and will take place at the St. Francis Auditorium on July 26th at 6pm.

Here are the participants of this years Creative Dialogue:


Conor Brown  - University of Colorado/Boulder     

Phi Bui  - Royal Academy of Music       

Heidi Hassinen - The Sibelius Academy        

Grant Luhmann  - Yale School of Music     

Onur Yildirim  - Columbia University     


Holly Workman - Eastman School of Music

Mikhail Vayman - Colburn School of Music


Julien Altman - McGill University

Katie Fiona McKey  - Manhattan School of Music


Aaron Wolff - Juilliard School of Music and Drama

Sirja Nironen - The Sibelius Academy

Double Bass 

Brett Armstrong - University of Colorado/Boulder


Anssi Karttunen with David Poissonnier


Magnus Lindberg with Anssi Karttunen

Anssi Karttunen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg conceived Creative Dialogue together with Sibelius-Academy in 2008. The idea behind 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 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 2008-2017:

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, Conservatoire de Geneve

16.Nina Young, composer, Sibelius Academy

17.Walter Sallinen, composer, Sibelius Academy

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

19.Gonzalo Bustos, composer, Geneva Conservatory

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

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

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

28.Meeri Pulakka. soprano, Sibelius Academy

29.Sinead White, soprano, McGill University

30.Will Bryan, baritone, Florida State University

31.Eirik Fosstveit, piano, Norges Musikhøgskola 

32.Auroora Lahti-Hintsala, piano, Sibelius Academy

33.Antoine Ouvrard, piano, Conservatoire de Paris

34.Tiffany Valvo Lopez, clarinet

35.Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet

36.Shi-Wen Fan, clarinet

37.Veera Myllyniemi, clarinet, Sibelius Academy

38.Rolf Haas, violin, University of Minnesota School of Music

39.Tuuli Talvitie, violin, Sibelius Academy

40.Lisa Romain, violin, Mannes College of Music

41.Grace Youn, violin, Butler School of Music 

42.Miguel Colom, violin, University of the Arts, Berlin

43.Yoonhee Lee, violin, Amsterdam Conservatory

44.Wendy Toh, violin, Eastman School of Music, Rochester

45.Danielle Daoukayeva, violin, Royal Conservatory, Hague

46.Onni Toikka, violin, Taideyliopiston Sibelius Akatemia

47.Ester Forsberg, viola, Copenhagen Conservatory

48.Tim Hansson, viola, Sibelius Academy

49.Molly Goldman, viola, Eastman School of Music

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

51.Olga Reskalenko, viola, Sibelius Academy 

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

53.Zane Sturme, viola, Det Konglige Danske Musikkonservatorium

54.Hannah Collins, cello, Yale School of Music

55.Jacqueline Ludwig, cello, New England Conservatory

56.Ashley Walters cello, University of California San Diego

57.Ramiro Alvarez, University of Michigan

58.Yotam Baruch, Indiana University

59.Kacy Clopton, New England Conservatory

60.Anton Kukkonen, Sibelius Academy

61.Mariel Roberts, Eastman School of Music

62.Caroline Stinson, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

63.Laura Usiskin, Yale School of Music

64.Hye-Yoon Choi, cello, New England Conservatory

65.Shannon Hayden, cello, Yale School of Music 

66.Francesco Mastromatteo, cello, The Butler School of Music (Univ. of Texas)

67.Aleisha Verner, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

68.Joel Salvo, cello, Minnesota School of Music

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

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

71.Jaani Helander, cello, Sibelius Academy

72.Jonathan Lo, cello, Eastman School of Music

73.Mo Mo, cello, Yale School of Music

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

75.Patrick McGuire, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

76.Markus Hallikainen, cello, Sibelius Academy

77.Joann Whang, cello, Yale University

78.Khari Joyner, cello, Juilliard School of Music

79.Henry Meyer, cello, Northwestern University

80.Cameron Crozman, cello, Paris Conservatory

81.Oskari Holopainen, cello, Sibelius Academy

82.Anna Litvinenko, cello, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

83.Benjamin Baker, cello, Eastman School of Music

84.Berber Heerema, cello, Royal Conservatory, The Hague

85.Sebastian Baverstam, cello, New England Conservatory

86.Juan Sebastian Delgado, cello, McGill University, Montreal

87.Ayano Kanimura, cello, Hochschule für Musik, Basel

88.Laura Martin, cello, Sibelius Academy

89.Frederik Blikeng, Double Bass, Royal Conservatory, Oslo

90.Fredrick Speer, Double Bass, McGill University, Montreal

91.Mark Appling, guitar, Eastman School of Music

92.Jakob Van Cauwenberghe, guitar, Manhattan School of Music

93.Aleksi Rajala, guitar, Sibelius Academy

94.Logan Kane, Electric Bass, UC Thornton, Los Angeles

95.Janne  Tuovinen, Electric Bass, Sibelius-Academy

Participating Universities


Guildhall School of Music

Conservatoire de Paris CNSM

Conservatoire de Geneve

Amsterdam Conservatory

Oslo Conservatory

Colburn School of Music

Copenhagen Conservatory

Columbia University

Cornell University

Butler School of Music, Univ. of Texas

Eastman School of Music

Indiana University

Juilliard School of Music and Drama

McGill University

Mannes College of Music

Manhattan School of Music

New England Conservatory

Northwestern University

Royal Academy of Music (London)

Yale School of Music

University of California San Diego

University of Minnesota School of Music

FACULTY 2008-2017:

     Anssi Karttunen, 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2018

     Kaija Saariaho, 2008, 2015, 2017

     Magnus Lindberg, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018

     Timo Korhonen, 2011

     Chen Halevi, 2012

     Barbara Hannigan, 2014

     Tuija Hakkila, 2015

     John Paul Jones, 2016

     David Poissonnier, 2017, 2018