Erkki Veltheim

Erkki Veltheim is a musician and interdisciplinary artist. He is an Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera and has performed with ensembles such as the Australian Art Orchestra, ELISION, Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and performed with and composed arrangements for artists including Gurrumul, Shane Howard, Zulya, and the Black Arm Band.

As an improviser he has worked with Australia's leading practitioners, such as John Rodgers, Jon Rose, Scott Tinkler, Tony Buck and Anthony Pateras. Stage work includes a Belvoir Street production of The Diary of Madman, starring Geoffrey Rush and directed by Neil Armfield, and on stage performing electric violin in Brett Dean's opera Bliss. Erkki has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival and the New Music Network, and his compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Soundstream Collective.

He has always had an interest in broadening his musical output through interdisciplinary projects and frequently collaborates with the visual artist Sabina Maselli on audiovisual performance and expanded cinema projects. Erkki is a recipient a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship.

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