ComposersErkki Veltheim

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Nick McManus NSW cello

Erkki Veltheim (b. 1976 Finland) is an Australian composer and performer. His practice spans audiovisual installation, improvisation, notated music, electroacoustic composition, pop arrangements and cross-disciplinary performance.

Erkki has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival, Australian Art Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Musica nova Helsinki, and his works have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, defunensemble and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He composed the orchestral works for Gurrumul's posthumous album Djarimirri, which won 4 ARIA Awards and the 2018 Australian Music Prize. In 2019 ROOM40 released his 'Ganzfeld Experiment' for electric violin and audiovisual processing, described by The Quietus as 'an exquisite form of mysticism'.

Erkki's cross-disciplinary projects include audiovisual performance work Another Other (2014/16), with co-creators Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson and Sabina Maselli, commissioned by Chamber Made Opera, and audiovisual installation Fusion of Tongues (2015), commissioned by Punctum and La Maison Folie, Belgium, for ‘Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture’ program.

Erkki has performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and he maintains active collaborations with musicians Genevieve Lacey, Scott Tinkler and Anthony Pateras, and visual artist and film maker Sabina Maselli. He has also performed and recorded with many other musicians from a broad range of styles and backgrounds.

Erkki is a recipient the Melbourne Prize for Music 'Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2019' and a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship. He was an Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera between 2013-2016.

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