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Anssi Karttunen (b1960)

The Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen studied with Erkki Rautio, William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré, Tibor de Machula, among others. Between 1994 and 1998 he was the artistic director of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. He directed the Helsinki Biennale in 1995 and the Suvisoitto Festival in Porvoo, Finland from 1994 until 1997. From 1999 until 2005 he was principal cellist with the London Sinfonietta. He has also appeared as a conductor with various ensembles. He plays modern, classical, and baroque cellos, as well as the violoncello piccolo, and is a passionate advocate of contemporary music, having given over 125 world premières. He has collaborated with leading contemporary composers and has had 24 concertos written for him. Two of Anssi Karttunen’s recent recordings were nominated for a Gramophone Award 2013: Magnus Lindberg’s chamber music and Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain which was chosen as best contemporary recording of the year 2013. Anssi Karttunen plays a Francesco Ruggeri cello.


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