At the memorial concert for Kaija Saariaho, who passed away last year, Anssi Karttunen performed the cello concerto Notes on Light with the Orchestre de Paris under Esa-Pekka Salonen on 15 February - the concert recording is available as a video on the Philharmonie de Paris website until August.

"Like a painter with his brush, Anssi Karttunen uses his bow like a true colourist, adding fine strokes or vast areas of colour to the shimmering iridescences that Kaija Saariaho uses so well", says the online music magazine Bachtrack about Anssi Karttunen's performance at the Philharmonie de Paris. As the dedicatee of the work, the cellist premiered Notes on Light in 2007 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste and subsequently performed it with orchestras in various countries.