Mikko Raasakka

Clarinet

Mikko Raasakka studied clarinet at the Conservatory of Besançon (France) and at the Sibelius Academy. In 2005 he was the first clarinettist to obtain a Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy. He is especially known for his work with contemporary music, while an active collaboration with composers has led him to premiere dozens of new compositions for clarinet, including five concertos.

Since 2009 he has been a member of defunensemble, a Finland-based new music group devoted to the performance of electro-acoustic music. In addition to all members of the clarinet family, he also plays the electric wind controller and the liru, an archaic Finnish folk clarinet. He is also a keen improviser and has participated in music theatre productions.

As a clarinet soloist, Mikko Raasakka has performed with many Finnish orchestras, including Sinfonia Lahti, conducted by Osmo Vänskä. He has appeared as a recitalist/chamber musician in Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Germany, France, Spain, Canada and the United States. His CD recordings include Kai Nieminen´s Clarinet Concerto with Sinfonia Finlandia and Patrick Gallois. He also makes regular recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. As an orchestral musician, he has played with all professional orchestras in the Helsinki area. From 1997 to 2010 he worked as the principal clarinet with the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä.

In addition to his artistic work, Mikko Raasakka is the author of a comprehensive guide on contemporary clarinet technique, Exploring the Clarinet, published in 2010 by Fennica Gehrman.

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