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 Donald Crockett, Sean Friar and Frank Tichelli. He has attended many international masterclasses in composition taught by Mark Andre, Alberto Posadas, Giorgio Netti, 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 including extra-musical material into a musical composition. His musical textures combine rhythmical loops and microtonality with historical and non-musical quotations. His works include pieces for full orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments. Tuomas 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 films “Liminaali & communitas (2018)” and ”Goodbye Words (2022)” directed by Laura Rantanen.
His music has been performed by many notable musicians and ensembles, including ensemble recherche (GER), Helsinki Chamber Choir (FIN), Norrland’s Operan Symphony Orchestra (SWE), Avanti! Chamber orchestra (FIN), Ensemble Divertimento (IT), latenz ensemble (SUI), defunensemble (FIN), Ensemble POING (NOR) & Saxtronauts (FIN).
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)