Category: Works

New CD: Romer’s Gap – three concertos by Olli Virtaperko

Romer’s Gap, a new CD release by Ondine includes three new concertos by Olli Virtaperko, recorded by the Jyväskylä Sinfonia under conductor Ville Matvejeff. Romer’s Gap is a concerto for electrically amplified cello featuring as soloist Perttu Kivilaakso, best known as lead cellist in the multi-million selling rock band Apocalyptica. […]

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Romer’s Gap nominated for The Teosto Prize

Olli Virtaperko’s concerto for amplified cello and orchestra, Romer’s Gap, has been selecteed as one of the six nominees for The Teosto Prize 2017. Lead by violinist Pekka Kuusisto, the jury described Romer’s Gap as such: ”A concerto pure and consistent in style, stretching the dynamics to their […]

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Multikolor: full concert video

Video of Multikolor, a concerto for baritone saxophone and ensemble. Performed by Joonatan Rautiola (baritone saxophone soloist) and the TampereRaw ensemble under Tuomas Turriago. Recorded 30 October 2016 at Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland.

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IN FOCUS: Romer’s Gap for amplified cello and orchestra (2016)

Only in Finland has the cello – that instrument we think of as mellow and elegiac – found itself a firm foothold in the world of rock music. Olli Virtaperko’s new concerto for amplified cello Romer’s Gap was written in 2015/16 for Perttu Kivilaakso, one of three cello-playing frontmen in the metal band Apocalyptica.

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Latest addition: new work for Renaissance recorder quartet

Virtaperko’s new work Meren päällä ohuempaa (Thinner above the sea) for the Renaissance recorder quartet Bravade focuses on timbre, musical colour and their gradual evolving and changing. The composer describes the work process with Bravade as such: “I was impressed with the candid attitude of the four musicians […]

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Premiere: Folk Suite for Treble Viol

Jukka Rautasalo will premiere Virtaperko’s Folk Suite for Treble Viol (original Finnish title Kansanmusiikkigambaa) in Porvoo Cathedral on 17 September, 2015. Written in 2013, Folk Suite consists of five short movements that reflect Virtaperko’s recent, growing interest in the Nordic folk traditions. ”I wrote ‘Folk Suite’ primarily for […]

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New work: In nomine ‘Shivering’

Virtaperko’s new viol consort work In nomine ‘Shivering’ continues the instrumental polyphonic In nomine tradition of the English Renaissance. Like few hundred other In nomines, In nomine ‘Shivering’ is built around John Taverner’s plainchant melody from 1530, a melody that became a default cantus firmus for the whole […]

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Music for Bravade Recorder Quartet & Yle Radio Theatre drama

“While working on the Renaissance recorder quartet piece for Bravade I was approached to write music for the Yle Radio Theatre production Urian kirje. I choose Bravade to be the vecihle for creating the musical content for the drama, which deals with the topics of smuggling and human […]

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Work Completed: Multikolor

New work by Olli Virtaperko, Multikolor for baritone saxophone and a 10-piece ensemble is completed. Commissioned by TampereRaw ensemble and written for the soloist Joonatan Rautiola, the 18-minute work explores the multiphonic and timbral possibilities of the baritone saxophone. Click here for the full description of the work […]

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YLE “Record of the Year” nomination for 2014

Clarinetist Mikko Raasakka’s record Eliangelis – Contemporary Finnish Music for Clarinet has been selected as a one of the six candidates for Yle Broadcasting Company’s Record of the Year 2014 nomination. Containing music by Olli Virtaperko (Glass Orifice), Antti Auvinen, Hannu Pohjannoro, Adina Dumitrescu, Tauno Marttinen and Perttu […]

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Latest videos

Two visualisations from Ensemble Ambrosius concert on 10 August 2010 at St. Catharine’s Church, Hamburg, Germany: GACH & Questa storia del mago non mi convince (for ensemble) and Kalkkeen meri ahtona (for accordion and kantele).

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New work for accordeon premiered in Berlin

Veli Kujala will premiere Virtaperko’s latest work for accordeon, “Celestial Bodies” in Neuköllner Originaltöne -Festival, Berlin, Saturday 10 May. “Celestial Bodies“ continues Virtaperko’s long-term collaboration with Kujala, which, so far, has resulted four solo works, one chamber music piece and one double concerto – all commissioned & premiered […]

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