Assi Karttunen

  • Tuntiopettaja, cembalo, muu opetus, partituurinsoitto, Docmus-tohtorikoulu, Sibelius-Akatemia
    Tuntiopettaja, Vanha musiikki, Sibelius-Akatemia


Vanhan musiikin aineryhmässä tehtävänäni on opettaa cembalonsoittoa ja basso continuon soittoa. Ohjaan vuonna maisteritason (VaMu ja PiMu) ja tohtoritason (DocMus) kirjallisia töitä ja tutkielmia sekä vedän jatko-opiskeluun liittyviä kursseja.

Vedän myös vanhan musiikin (VaMu) sekä instrumenttipedagogiikan seminaaria (PiMu).

Vuosina 2014–2016 toimin DocMus-tohtorikoulussa ja VaMulla lehtorina (sijaisuus) ja vuonna 2017–2018 yliopistonlehtorina DocMus-tohtorikoulussa.

Olen myös muusikko-tutkija, eli työhöni kuuluu konsertoida, tutkia, pitää kursseja sekä luentoja, demonstraatioita, alustuksia ja julkaista artikkeleita.

Uusimmat julkaistut artikkelini ovat kokoomajulkaisussa Toiminnasta sanoiksi (2019), Muusikko-lehti (2021), Organum (2020) sekä tutkimusjulkaisuissa Trio, Musiikki ja Ruukku Research Journal.


Education and degrees:

Studies at the Helsinki University 1987-1988

Masters Degree 1994 (Sibelius-Academy)

Doctor of Music 2006 (Sibelius-Academy, DocMus)

Studies in Paris and in Copenhagen (Nordplus-program)

Studies at the European Union Baroque Orchestra 1994–1995

Vest doctoral school 2004-2006

Current position:

Teacher of harpsichord and basso continuo at the Sibelius-Academy for more than 20 years, Faculty of Early Music

Lecturer at Early music faculty and DocMus 2014–2016

University Lecturer 2017–2018 at the DocMus doctoral school of music.


3 years Artist’s grant Finnish Culture Foundation (SKR) 2016–2017 and 2018–2020.


Tänä vuonna 2021–2022 opetukseeni kuuluu soolosoiton (cembalo), basso continuon ja kamarimusiikin opetusta, vanhan musiikin historian opetusta (alkaen keväällä 2022) ja vanhan musiikin sekä instrumenttipedagogian seminaarien pitäminen.

This year 2021–2022 my tasks are to teach harpsichord solo repertory, basso continuo, chamber music, early music history (starting in spring 2022) and early music seminar along with instrument pedagogy seminar.

Taiteellinen toiminta

Recent art projects:

  • Lasse Lucidor – poet and kosmopolitan at the Emäsalo Music festival 2021 and at the Huittinen vikarage, Satakunnan kartanokonserttisarja 2020.
  • Superpluck-trio’s tour in Japan 2019. 11 premiers of contemporary Finnish and Japanese music.
  • A concert in Temppeliaukio Church on October 5th 2018. Early Italian Baroque solo harpsichord works and vocal music with soprano Anneliina Koskinen.
  • A lecture concert in Cremona 18th Biennial International Conference on baroque Music 2018.
  • As a participant in an international panel discussion on HIP and research at the Cremona 18th Biennial International 2018 together with Joel Speestra, Elisabeth Belgrano, Dinko Fabris, Catalina Vicens, and Johannes Boer.
  • A concert in Edinburgh 2017 St. Cecilia Hall.
  • A concert in Potsdam, in Germany 2017
  • La Musica-music video 2017
  • Recording Greek inspirations 2017 (Pilfink) together with guitarist Rody van Gemert.
  • Et in Arcadia ego-music performance in Helsinki and in Venice 2017 (artistic design and research)
  • A concert in Germany, Halle Handel Museum in March 5th 2017.
  • A concert in Norway, Nordlys-festival in January 28th 2017.
  • A concert in Rome, Villa Lante in May 25th 2016.
  • A concert in Dublin, at the Royal Irish College of Music in September 8th 2016.
  • Et in Arcadia ego – an auditory meditation garden at the Music Centre 2016
  • A concert tour in Japan in autumn 2015: Tokyo, Nagoya and Hiroshima. The program included a new work for guitar and harpsichord by Paola Livorsi.
  • Summer 2014 premiers and contemporary repertory at the Viitasaari Time of Music festival, Rauma Festivo and in Nordic Historical keyboard Festival.
  • In the wood, in the hut, in the mind -performance at the Kajaani Poetry week 2014. Also in Sellosali, Järvenpää library, Nya paviljongen in Kauniainen, the perfromance was premiered in Music centre, Helsinki.
  • Concert at the DiP conference 2014 Jean-Philippe Rameau; Les Sauvages et autres pièces du claveçin.
  • Music Coordinator of art museum Amos Anderson´s Domus Pompeiana -exhibition 2007-2008, artistic designer of the three concerts
  • Leader and member of the innovation project of Sibelius-Academy: De la Pluralité des Mondes-performance 2006, TV-recording SIBA-TV
  • Member (harpsichordist-organist) of The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (former The 6th Floor Orchestra) for 11 years
  • Opera projects including Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck, Ulisse by Rebel, Orfeo, Tancredi e Clorinda,  Vespro della Beata Vergine, Madrigale amorosi e guerrieri by Monteverdi, Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Il Mondo della Luna by Haydn, Clemenza di Tito and several other operas by Mozart, St Matthew´s Passion by Bach and several other works by Bach and Handel.
  • The founder of The Elysian Fields -workshop including concerts 2005-2016, see the website.



  • Ariosa Early italian repertory 1999 (Jubal)
  • Memento Mori Froberger (Alba) 2005
  • L´Egyptienne, Nouvelles suites by Jean-Philippe Rameau (Alba) 2009
  • Upcoming: Beyond the River God 2014 (Divine Arts Recording Group)


  • Tour in Japan 2015: Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima.
  • Tour in Japan 2019: Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Shizuoka.
  • EUBO tours 1995-96 in Europe and in Marocco
  • Baltic and Russia 1991 and concerts in Sweden 1992, Germany, Estonia (2001) and France (2001).

Tutkimus ja julkaisut


  • Monitaiteisuus, taiteidenvälisyys ja taiteenetiikka 2020 yliopistopedagogisessa julkaisussa Toiminnasta sanoiksi (Uniarts).
  • Peer-reviewed article The aural garden of sounding materials: performing within the materiality of Et in Arcadia ego-music performance in Ruukku Research Journal 2018.
  • Peer-reviewed article Sleep, detachment and dizziness – the gestures of Couperin’s music in a new performance context  in Musiikki Research Journal 2016/4. The article is available in Finnish.
  • The Heritage of Humanism in the French Cantata 1700-1730. (Est-series of publication)
  • Peer-reviewed article Retorinen L’Obscurité – historiallinen tiedostaminen muusikon työprosessissa Musiikki-lehti 2014
  • Peer-reviewed article The rhetorical moaning – les sons glissés as musical gestures. Trio 2013
  • Peer-reviewed articleThe music-related gestures of la danse grotesque in Rameau’s Les Sauvages. Trio 2016.
  • Peer-reviewed article Can one wade twice into the same Seine? Ruukku Studies in Artistic Research 2014.
  • An Article in British Harpsichord Society’s publication. Composing and Performing New Harpsichord Music Issue No. 9 Published by ‘The British Harpsichord Society’ AUGUST 2015
  • Article in Uniarts University’s publication Toiminnasta sanoiksi 2019.
  • Proceeding articles:
  • The performer´s relationship to the score, the tradition, the composer´s performing intentions. TEAK CARPa-colloquium 2011
  • A painting on the skin. Sibelius-Academy
  • A painting on the skin – rhetorical actio in the French 18th -century music
  •  The rhetorical irony – Embodied research of musical rhetoric. Ironian kehollinen retoriikka- musiikillisen retoriikan kehollista tutkimusta.
  • Presentations:
  • Bach and flesh-presentation on Bach’s Goldberg variations BWV 988 at the Symposium of Musicology in Helsinki 2019.
  • DiP conference 2014 in Helsinki La danse grotesque in Rameau’s Les Sauvages.
  • London Songart-festival in June 2012 Cantate; a nexus of living meanings. 3rd Annual Meeting of the SongArt Performance Research Group. London, Thursday, 21 June, 2012
  • Stockhom Sixteenth Nordic Musicological Congress 7-10 August 2012 Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. Assi Karttunen & Päivi Järviö: Rhetorical actio in the body of the baroque music performer –Embodied figures in a recitative by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair.
  • Gent Orpheus Institute 2012 3.10.-5.10. 2012
  • Research Festival From Known to Unknown – Possible Worlds for Artistic Experimentation in Music. Assi Karttunen & Päivi Järviö: Silence as Presence – Embodied Rhetoric of French Baroque Music presentation and  a concert.
  • Dublin The Royal Irish College of Music, September 8th 2016. Assi Karttunen, DMus, postdoc-researcher. A recital lecture: Practise-led research on the musical gestures embedded in François Couperin’s harpsichord music. François Couperin (1668-1733): Le Quatrième (et dernier) livre de pièces de clavecin (1730) L’exquise, allemande ; Les Pavots ; Les Chinois, 27e ordre.
  • Helsinki Arts Without Borders AWB conference at the University of the Arts, October 2016. A paper  and an experimenting demo with soprano Annami Hylkilä. Merging borders – historical research and artistic research as interdisciplinary approaches to music studies.


  • HIP
  • performance practice
  • phenomenology
  • harpsichord
  • basso continuo
  • embodiment
  • practice-based research
  • early music
  • rhetoric
  • artistic research
  • performance studies