Photo by Juha Järvinen
Ville Raasakka works with acoustic ecology in sound and composition. His orchestral work gained a recommendation at the prestigious International Rostrum of Composers in 2019 in Argentina. He has been commissioned by the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (The Netherlands), Royaumont (France) and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed at the most prominent new music festivals around the world, such as Eclat (Stuttgart), Klang (Copenhagen), Archipel (Geneva), June in Buffalo (US) and the Bifem Festival (Bendigo, Australia). Mise-En Ensemble (New York) performed his works in a portrait concert in Seoul (South Korea) in 2018. His artistic work is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2019-2021.
He studied with Veli-Matti Puumala at the Sibelius Academy and privately with Georges Aperghis in Paris and supplemented his studies in masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas and Hans Abrahamsen.
Raasakka has worked with Ensemble Lemniscate (Basel), Ensemble Schwerpunkt (Hannover), Defunensemble (FI), Dal Niente (Chicago), Uusinta Ensemble (FI), Curious Chamber Players (Stockholm), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI), Alter Face (ES), Helsinki Chamber Choir (FI), Gageego! (Gothenburg), Lapland Chamber Orchestra (FI), Nyky Ensemble (FI) and Hyvinkää Orchestra (FI) as well as soloists such as Emil Holmström (FI), Saar Berger (DE), Markus Hohti (FI), Marco Blaauw (DE), Lauri Sallinen (FI), Tomeu Moll-Mas (ES), Kaisa Kortelainen (FI), Tinna Torsteinsdottir (IS), Janne Valkeajoki (FI), Stephanie Chua (CAN), Väinö Jalkanen (FI), Mariann Marczi (HU), Risto-Matti Marin (FI), Antti Tikkanen (FI), Minna Pensola (FI) and conductors such as Hannu Lintu (FI), Dima Slobodeniouk (FI), Rei Munakata (SE), Nils Schweckendiek (FI), Dalia Stasevska (FI), Nazanin Aghakhani (AUT) and Ville Matvejeff (FI).
He has given guest lectures at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Germany), the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary), the Aalto University (FI) and at the Sibelius Academy (FI). He was the festival leader of the Ung Nordisk Musik in 2005-2010 and the artistic director of Uusinta Ensemble (FI) in 2012-2016. Since 2017 he is working as a curator for the Tristero Piano Trio (FI) and since 2019 as the producer of the Klang Helsinki concert series.
Contact: ville.raasakka (at) gmail.com