Creative Dialogue  XII Online session announced 5-11. 7 . 2020

Listen to: Betsy Jolas's Side Roads digital album released

Listen to: Dusapin-recital by Karttunen and Hodges

Listen to: Henze's Englische Liebeslieder available on CD

Listen to: Schumann's Album for the Young CD available

Listen to: Solo recital  in Davis California 26.10.2017

Listen to: Zebra Trio premieres Lindberg's Maguey de Tlalcoyote

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Tres Coyotes at Torino Jazz Festival 4 May 2019

Peter Lieberson's Six Realms in Davis, California, March 15, 2019

Duos and Trios with Hodges and Koh in Berkeley, March 10 2019

Betsy Jolas "Side Roads", Lutoslawski "Grave" and Takemitsu " Scene"

with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra,  Örebro 18.10.2018

Pécou, Escaich and Mernier at Festival Présences, Paris 10.2.2018

Pascal Dusapin's Outscape in Porto 18.11.2017

Recital with Nicolas Hodges in Berkeley, California 29.10.2017

Solo recital in the Philharmonie de Luxembourg 7.10.2017

Trio John Paul Jones - Anssi Karttunen - Magnus Lindberg at Savoy Theatre, Helsinki, 5th of April 2017

Dusapin Concerto "Celo" in Buenos Aires 20.10.2016

"Un cielo y el otro", with Nicolas Hodges and Diana Theocharidis, music by Pascal Dusapin, Buenos Aires 13-16.10.2016

Gramophone award 2013, Victoire de la Musique 2014

Grand Prix du Disque 2014

Colin Matthews's 2nd Cello Concerto CD released on NMC

El Motivo, tangos on Albany Records

Mystery Variations and Brahms String Quintets on Toccata Classics

Trios by Kaija Saariaho on Ondine  

Cello music by Magnus Lindberg on Ondine

Class of Anssi Karttunen at the Ecole Normale de Musique


Photo: © Pascal Dusapin


The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen leads a busy career as a soloist and chamber-music player, performing extensively with many of the best orchestras and musicians.

Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 170 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Rolf Wallin, Luca Francesconi and Pascal Dusapin.

He has premiered 29 Concertos: Tan Dun's Cello Concerto "Yi1", Magnus Lindberg's 2 Concertos, Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Mania". Martin Matalon's "Trame III" and Luca Francesconi's "Rest" or Gualtiero Dazzi's opera "Le Luthier de Venice". Kaija Saariaho's "Notes on Light" was a Boston Symphony Orchestra commission for Anssi Karttunen.  The most recent Concerto written for Karttunen is Betsy Jolas's "Side Roads" which he will perform with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in October 2018. In 2019 he will give the world premiere of Oliver Knussen's Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  more...


The Argentinian choreographer Diana Theocharidis and Anssi Karttunen have collaborated since 2003 in 5 productions. These have been seen in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Paris and Helsinki. Their latest collaboration  Un cielo y el otro, was premiered in October 2016 at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. The music for Un cielo y el otro includes pieces for cello solo and piano solo by Pascal Dusapin and the world premiere of a piece for cello and piano, Slackline. Anssi Karttunen is joined by the pianist Nicolas Hodges and dancers Alina Marinelli and Andrés Rosso. more...


The Creative Dialogue workshop was created in 2008 to inspire young performers and composers to engage in a dialogue that benefits not only the two parties but also music life in general. Performers and composers often study in the same institutions, but seldom are they encouraged to find out how much they have 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. Anssi Karttunen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg conceived this workshop together with Sibelius-Academy to open new horizons and break barriers.  more...


Thoughts about the unusual history of the Schumann Cello Concerto The first time I played the Schumann Cello Concerto was in 1982 in Kuopio, Finland and the piece has been my favorite Cello Concerto ever since. I was always puzzled by many details in the piece that I felt were never played exactly as Schumann wrote them. When the Antonio Pacheco from Casa da Musica in Porto asked me to play Shostacovich's strange re-orchestration of this concerto I spent a lot of time trying to understand why anyone would want to re-write the piece. I came to the conclusion that for over 150 years this Concerto has been the subject of so many misunderstandings that it was inevitable someone would try to make an "improved" version of it. more...


Schumann's Album für die Jugend marks my first collaboration with my wife Muriel von Braun in concert. I had transcribed all of the 43 movements of the piano piece for String Trio and performed them already several times in smaller selections without images. For the first performance of the complete Album, I asked Muriel to create images to accompany the music. She made a series of images drawing her inspiration from listening to the pieces, but not illustrating them directly. We chose together images that work with each piece in a way that underlines the structure of the whole cycle. On this page you can see a few samples of what are projected on a big screen in the concert. more...


Memories of a dear friend In 1983 I was in London and heard that Rostropovich was going to give the UK premiere of Tout un monde lointain. I went to the dress rehearsal as I already knew the recording of the piece but hadnever heard it, or any other piece or Dutilleux in concert. I felt that I was at a place where history was being made. After the rehearsal, outside the Royal Festival Hall, at the traffic lights I realised I was standing next to Henri Dutilleux. Shaking with embarrassment, I acted on my instinct and told him how much I loved his piece and that I was also a young cellist. To my surprise M. Dutilleux was happy that someone spoke to him and treated me as if I was a musician he had known for years, he was quite excited to tell that he had just finished the last two movements of the 3 Strophes sur le nom de SACHER and that he would be happy if I played them.  more...