Tuomas Kettunen (b 1992) is a Finnish composer of contemporary classical, electronic and media music. He holds a B.M. in music composition from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where he has studied composition with Tapio Tuomela and is currently pursuing a Master of Music. At the moment Kettunen is residing in Los Angeles, California, where he is studying at USC Thornton School of Music during the Spring 2018 as a part of his Master’s degree. His teachers in composition and orchestration include Don Crockett, Sean Friar and Frank Tichelli. He has attended many international masterclasses in composition taught by Jukka Tiensuu, James Dillon, Giovanni Verrando, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Daniele Bravi.
In his music, Kettunen is exploring sound fusions, microtonality and possibilities of musical theatre and often quotes or comments other art forms and musical genres, surrounding society, human behavior and digitalization. His textures often grow from static and fragile moments to sudden energy bursts and deploy only small amount of material which is varied through looping and repetition. His works include pieces for full orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments. He has written multiple songs for texts by Finnish poets and his piece Muukalainen (Stranger) to the text by Mika Waltari was featured at the final of the national Lied-composing competition. He has also collaborated with film directors, theatre artists and game developers in Helsinki, Finland, most recently in a documentary film “Liminaali & communitas” directed by Laura Rantanen (to be premiered in Spring 2018)
His music has been performed by many notable contemporary music ensembles and performers including Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber orchestra, defunensemble, Kymi Sinfonietta, Ensemble POING, String Quartet from Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Veli Kujala, Gustav Djupsjöbacka, Mirja Mäkelä, Kirill Kozlovski and Atso Almila. He has received great reviews of his public performances and his music has been broadcasted multiple times by Finnish Broadcasting Company. He has also written a great number of arrangements for various ensembles and orchestras.
”Bäst lyckades Tuomas Kettunen (Ankomst till Hades), där ett fyndigt nyttjande av gongar i kombination med en nästintill pointillistisk pianosats resulterade i en smått magiskt vibrerande klangvärld.”
”Best succeeded Tuomas Kettunen (Arrival to Hades) where an insidious use of gongs in combination with pointillistic piano texture resulted in a magical and vibrating soundscape.”
– Mats Liljeroos (HBL, 17.06.2016)