Composer Jarkko Hartikainen (Finland, EU) strives to create music that guides the listener to experience, feel and think about life in a fuller spectrum. Stimulating acoustic phenomena, exciting sonorities and concrete, bodily impulses through rhythm, resonance and empathy fuel his often extremely instrument-specific, concentrated writing. He believes in mankind’s constant curiosity towards the new, and in inventions in one area inspiring new innovations in many others—including the non-verbal, even subconscious but nevertheless inherently important human communication, and thinking, through music.
In June 2012, Jarkko Hartikainen graduated M.Mus in Music Composition from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Hartikainen’s music has been performed globally since about 2008—from Iceland to New Zealand, and from Japan to California, casting a wide, albeit still perhaps thin, net of various contexts. Recurring, enthusiastic performers and promoters of Hartikainen’s music include Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Time of Music festival (Viitasaari), Ensemble Schwerpunkt (Basel), organist Age-Freerk Bokma (Berlin), Saari residence (Mietoinen), Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki), Ensemble U: (Tallinn), and guitarist Otto Tolonen (Espoo)—the latter two also on CD. Hartikainen has been a profiled composer in Tallinn (Estonian Music Days 2011) and Göttingen (StallArte 2009), and his music has been performed at, among others, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, ‘Tactus Young Composers’ Forum, Nordic Music Days Copenhagen, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Time of Music festival in Viitasaari, Logos in Ghent, Musica nova Helsinki, GAIDA festival in Vilnius, impuls Academy & Festival in Graz, and Fondation Royaumont in France. Hartikainen’s most important mentors in addition to his main teacher Paavo Heininen (2002–08) include Pierluigi Billone (2008–11), Chaya Czernowin (2010), Beat Furrer (2008–12), Helmut Lachenmann (2006) and Marco Stroppa (2008–11), but he is grateful to have received expert advice from over 40 different colleagues on various masterclasses between 2004–2016.
Currently Hartikainen is working on commissions for Ensemble SurPlus and defunensemble, as well as pursuing his D.Mus degree at the University of the Arts Helsinki under the topic ‘The Compositional Possibilities of Instability and Colliding’ (rough translation of the Finnish original).
Composer Jarkko Hartikainen’s work has been supported by Taike (Arts Promotion Centre Finland), MES (The Finnish Music Foundation), Saari residence (Kone Foundation), Pro Musica Foundation (Finland), SKR (Finnish Cultural Foundation), Music Finland, the Sibelius Academy (Finland), and Ulysses Network (EU), among others.