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Olli Virtaperko (1973)

Olli Virtaperko is a Finnish composer whose distinctive contemporary musical language draws on aesthetic and stylistic influences ranging from baroque to progressive rock. Virtaperko entered the world of music at the age of 8 when he began learning the cello, and he was trained as a composer at Edinburgh University and at Sibelius Academy in Finland, where he received his Master of Arts degree in 2005.  Virtaperko’s compositions are characterized by their structural sensitivity, idiomatic use of instruments and imaginative orchestration, and he has sought inspiration from a variety of genres such as early music, jazz and the music of Frank Zappa. Virtaperko’s approach to music has been on display in Ensemble Ambrosius, a group that plays contemporary music with baroque instruments and is known for its performances and recordings of Zappa’s music and Virtaperko’s own work.  


Virtaperko is the vice chairman of the Finnish Society of Composers, and he served as the artistic director of Tampere Biennale festival from 2010 to 2014. He is also a cultural commentator and has hosted radio programs on classical music for the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

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Ambrosian Delights for knifonium and chamber orchestra
Multikolor for baritone saxophone and small chamber orchestra
Romer's Gap for amplified cello and sinfonietta


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