Erkki Ensio

Composer and Medical Doctor




My father was priest and I sneaked into the church secretly with my fathers keys to improvise with the organ. Later I started piano and violin lessons in music college in Turku. After high school I studied music and medicine in the University of Turku, I have been in orchestra called Collegium Musicum Turku ense, condacted by Osmo Vänskä at that time. My teachers in music has been Gottfrid Gräsbeck and Juhani Sajakorpi. Competitions: I won in 1982 and in 2012 3.prizes for organ and choral compositions organized by the Finnish Cantor Organ Association. Other achievements: The Association of Finnish Cantor Organists has presented my compositions and Male vocal quartet Delicato has recorded also a CD (”Barefoot”) where is my vocal works. Akademiska Orkestern, Flora Kören and Brahe Djäknar has presented my missa and the orchestra other compositions. I am also fully served psychiatrist Turku health care. Now I play viola in the Symphony orchestra of Åbo Akademi.




What does music mean to you personally?

Music is like a life-long playground where playing is taken seriously.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Music is a fantasy about fantasy, so I agree.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

One profession would have been buss driver: he takes the passengers to real landscapes.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I am not worried about the future of classical music, because the field of culture resembles evolution. The most permanent thing is change.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

The transformation of the role of music shall continue. There are more and more possibilities both technically and educationally.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

If you get too attached to one thing, you may lose your freedom. On the other hand the possibility of freedom needs discipline.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

I remember, when I was a young high schooler my class mate did not believe, that our music teacher really loved the music of J.S. Bach. The opinion was in his mind like a refinement ritual. But if he could have seen and experienced a live performance? Or could participate a live performance of the music of J.S.Bach in easy form and arrangement?

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

My creative process is married to self-criticism and the creative process is like their dispute, which may lead to composition or compost, fertilization or dumb school. If this leads to parturition, the baby needs all care and they are all my favorites. Everyone with its own uniqueness.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Yes. (May I advertise?) There are great possibilities in to discover classical music.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

My creative process is like disputing with my wife. I don’t want audience to that drama, but afterwards you can find them: in the first line my wife, neighbors, own children, your own parents (even behind the grave) . They appear to listen your composition like other composers, colleagues and performers, before you have published it. Fortunately. There are splendid possibilities in to get feedback in constructive way.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

All my projects are concerning viola playing and the projects of Akademiska Orkestern. Here and now I try to do experiment how I would be understood in this interview. I think I have endless need to ask that question: how I would be understood in this project called life?