Martti Anttila

Martti Anttila (born 1980) graduated in 2011 with a Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy, where he studied singing under the guidance of Timo Honkonen. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Howard Crook and Rufus Müller.

As a soloist Anttila has performed with ensembles including the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Turku-based baroque ensemble Musicians of the King’s Road, in repertoire spanning from Handel’s Messiah and J. S. Bach’s cantatas to contemporary music. He has appeared at several festivals, such as Time of Music, the Helsinki Festival and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. He has also performed many classic song cycles from the Lied repertoire, including Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel.

As an ensemble singer Anttila has sung in the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Trinity Church Choir in New York and Ars Nova Copenhagen. He is also one of the founding members of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki, a Renaissance music ensemble established in 2010. During his years as an ensemble singer Anttila has given Finnish/world premiere performances of dozens of works, by composers including Jonathan Harvey, Beat Furrer, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho. His staged performances include Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and the children’s opera Papa Bach performed at the Finnish National Opera. He has also performed the 1960s classic Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Besides singing, Anttila works as a concert producer, voice teacher and on occasion as a choir conductor. He has composed music for choirs and for several award-winning short films (which can be viewed here).