Tuomas Kettunen (b 1992) is a Finnish composer of contemporary classical and media music. He holds a Master of Music in music composition from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where he has studied composition with Tapio Tuomela. Kettunen has  also studied in Los Angeles, California, at USC Thornton School of Music, where his teachers in composition and orchestration included Don Crockett, Sean Friar and Frank Tichelli. He has attended many international masterclasses in composition taught by Jukka Tiensuu, Juhani Nuorvala, James Dillon, Giovanni Verrando, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Daniele Bravi.

Great focus of his latest works has been to explore the possibilities of multimedia works that combine music, video, choreography and lighting design to create even more comprehensive experiences for audience. His musical textures combine rhythmical loops and microtonality with historical and non-musical quotations and he often comments the rituals of classical music, surrounding society, human behavior and digitalization.  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. In addition to concert music, he has worked with a number of directors and dramaturges and his works include music for film, theatre and radio drama, most recently in a documentary film “Liminaali & communitas” directed by Laura Rantanen.

Photo: Emilia Anundi

His music has been performed by many notable contemporary music ensembles and performers including ensemble recherche, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber orchestra, defunensemble, Kymi Sinfonietta, Ensemble POING, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Saxtronauts, Veli Kujala, Gustav Djupsjöbacka, Mirja Mäkelä and Kirill Kozlovski. 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.

”Saatiin todistaa jotain ennenkuulumatonta ja ennennäkemätöntä.”
– Petteri Värtö (Etelä-Saimaa, 22.11.2019)

”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)

Excerpt of Arrival to Hades and interview (in Finnish) by YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company)