Ari Romppanen – Finnish Composer

“…in its apparent simplicity, a truly captivating work that I would have liked to
hear, albeit immediately, again.”

Jyri Ojala on newspaper Karjalainen on 12th of July, 2018

“Thank you all for the enjoyable co-operation and especially Ari for the great music!
In particular, I think the song cycle ‘Light is being built from pieces’ is downright a masterpiece.
Toned, refined, insightful music and a controlled whole.”
Mikko Raasakka

 “…Arcturus … an ingenious construction of musical material…”
“As a whole, the trio is an uplifting tour-de-force…”
Jari Kallio on his blog on 31st of August, 2020

Composer Ari Romppanen studied composing in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Erkki Jokinen. His output consists mainly of chamber music and works for solo instrument. Trained as a pianist, he has specially co-operated with several pianists and has received many commissions  for piano works all the way from Japan. In many works he has used improvisation, and his piano works Rho Cas and Kiku have been awarded in different composition competitions. In 2006 he worked in Buenos Aires with a local improvisation group as invited by a local university.

Ari Romppanen has also participated few collaborative projects, the latest of them was “Academy of Artistic Thinking“, a collaborative project combining theater, dance, contemporary cirkus and music, and which ended up to experimental online festival ”Kierrot” in the beginning of 2021. Some dramaturgical ideas derived from these project have also influenced on his other works, like on his piano work ”Sandbox of Almach”.

Besides composing, Romppanen has teached both piano and composing and also performed himself as a pianist.  Further he has hold several positions of responsibility, for example in the board of Sibelius Fund of the Society of Finnish Composers.

Photo: Sanna Saastamoinen