Ari Romppanen – Finnish Composer

“…näennäisessä yksinkertaisuudessaan todella vangitseva teos, jonka olisin halunnut kuulla vaikka hetimmiten uudelleen.”
Jyri Ojala on newspaper Karjalainen on 12th of July, 2018

“Kiitos kaikille nautinnollisesta yhteistyöstä ja erityisesti Ari hienosta musiikista! Varsinkin laulusarja “Valo rakentuu palasista” on mielestäni suorastaan merkkiteos. Sävykästä, viimeisteltyä, oivaltavaa musiikkia ja hallittu kokonaisuus.”
Mikko Raasakka

 “…and thank you Maestro Ari Romppanen for your great music!”
Matthias Funke

Finnish composer Ari Romppanen studied composing in Sibelius-Academy with Erkki Jokinen. His works – mainly chamber music and works for solo instrument – have been commissioned by several musicians from Europe and Asia and been performed on four different continents. He typically employs innovative formal designs, and he has also used improvisation and electronics. His piano work “Rho Cas” was awarded in the composition contest of the 9th Espoo International Piano Festival in 2007.

As a composer Romppanen doesn’t follow any -isms or strict rules, not even the ones created by the work itself. Music itself is an expression strong enough to carry on without support of any form of school of method from outside. He is also interested in astronomy, which can be seen in the titles of his works, like Rho Cas, Sol/Nemesis or Tvashtar Catena, or in the formal constructions of some works.

Recently Ari Romppanen has been familiarizing himself with theater dramaturgy and other performing arts, which has influenced his expression and also ideas concerning overall forms of his works.

Ari Romppanen performs also as a pianist and he has worked as a piano and composition teacher.

Photo: Sanna Saastamoinen