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Erkki Veltheim

Violin | Viola

Erkki Veltheim, who was born in Finland in 1976, is an Australian composer, improviser, performer and interdisciplinary artist. 

Erkki has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, the Vivid Festival, the Australian Art Orchestra and Soundstream Collective, and his pieces have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His recent projects include Gawanjalkmi (Song for the fallen) for voices and large ensemble (2015), in collaboration with Gurrumul and Jonno Yunupingu, and commissioned by Skinnyfish and Gone West, Belgium; audiovisual performance work Another other (2014−16) with co-creators Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson and Sabina Maselli, commissioned by Chamber Made Opera; and the 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, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and has featured as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta, the Australian Opera and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has long-standing collaborations with the Indigenous musician Gurrumul, the improvising trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler and the composer−pianist Anthony Pateras. 

Erkki was a recipient of a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship, and in 2014 was appointed Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera. He holds a Master of Arts, for which he researched connections between music and ritual.