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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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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERGMAN, E.: Karanssi / TIENSUU, J.: Plus II / KORTEKANGAS, O.: Iscrizione / SAARIAHO, K. Oi kuu / MERILAINEN, U.: Unes (Kriikku, Karttunen) Ondine
Chamber Music
HAKOLA, K.: Clarinet Quintet / Ioco / Capriole (Kriikku, Karttunen, Avanti Quartet) Ondine
Chamber Music
HOSOKAWA, Toshio: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Horn Concerto / Lotus under the Moonlight / Chant (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Märkl) Naxos
LINDBERG, M.: Al largo / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Era (Karttunen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu) Ondine
LINDBERG, M.: Chamber Works - Trio / Santa Fe Project / Partia / 2 Coyotes (Kriikku, Karttunen, M. Lindberg) Ondine
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
MCGREGOR, W.: Chroma / Infra / Limen [Ballets] (Royal Ballet, 2006-2009) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
Ballet DVD
MCGREGOR, W.: Chroma / Infra / Limen [Ballets] (Royal Ballet, 2006-2009) (NTSC) Opus Arte
Ballet DVD
MERIKANTO, A.: Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, Horn and String Sextet / Nonet / Works for Male Chorus Ondine
Chamber Music
OHANA, M.: Livre des prodiges / Synaxis (Tamayo) Timpani
Orchestral Music: PUUMALA, V.-M. / KORTEKANGAS, O. / KOSKINEN, J. / TUOMELA, T. / POHJANNORO, H. (Society of Finnish Composers) (Segerstam) Ondine
SAARIAHO, K.: 6 Japanese Gardens / Pres / Lonh (Hoitenga, Upshaw) Ondine
SAARIAHO, K.: Chamber Music with Flute (Let the Wind speak) (Hoitenga, Karttunen, Belcher, Dautry, Da Camera of Houston) Ondine
Chamber Music
SAARIAHO, K.: Du cristal / …a la fumee / Nymphea / 7 Papillons (Salonen, Kronos Quartet, Alanko, Karttunen) Ondine
Orchestral, Instrumental
SAARIAHO, K.: Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage (Mattila, Karttunen, Paris Orchestra, Eschenbach) Ondine
Concertos, Orchestral
SAARIAHO, K.: Orchestral Music (Eschenbach, Lintu, Salonen, Saraste) Ondine
Concertos, Orchestral
SAARIAHO, K.: Trios - Mirage / Cloud Trio / Cendres / Je sens un deuxieme coeur / Serenatas (Freund, Zebra Trio, Hakkila, Helasvuo, Jodelet) Ondine
Chamber Music, Vocal

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