Born in Finland, Anssi Karttunen was taught by Erkki Rautio, William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pré, and Tibor de Machula. He is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and collaborations with a numberof composers have contributed to his technical development; many of them, including Salonen, Lindberg, Saariaho, Tan Dun, Wallin, and Dusapin, have written works for him. Karttunen has premiered more than 160 works! His curiosity knows no limits, whether in terms of instruments (he enjoys playing the baroque cello - and even the piccolo) or of repertoire. His very varied discography includes countless contemporary works, as well as the Beethoven sonatas on period instruments and a disc devoted to Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707 - 1747). He loves making transcriptions and arrangements. He has been solo cellist with the London Sinfonietta and founded a string trio, the Zebra Trio. From 1994 to 1998, he was artistic director of the Avanti! ChamberOrchestra. He directed the Helsinki Biennale in 1995 and 1999; more recently, he directed the Musica nova Helsinki festival in 2015. Anssi Karttunen lives in Paris, where he teaches at the École Normale de Musique.