Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) — composer and sound artist — works in concert music, electronic instrument design, and multidisciplinary performances. The essence of her music builds on the unique moments where the parameters of this world are slightly altered to allow a glimpse of another reality to be present. It can be a moment where the timbre of purely acoustical writing gives surprising results or when electronics project sound into another domain, space, and reality.

 

She entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 2003 (M.M. 2011) to study with Paavo Heininen while also working towards a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Her studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 2012–13. She is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley and CNMAT with Franck Bedrossian, Carmine Cella, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, Myra Melford, and Ken Ueno as her professors. She is also earning a Ph.D. in electro-acoustic music at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

 

Hynninen was awarded the Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts and the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition by the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of numerous artist grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her work has been described as “etherical” and “highly skillful,” that builds into “a strongly unifying musical arc” (Helsingin Sanomat), “fascinating experience,” and with “strong association to nature” (Hufvudstadsbladet).

 

Past commissions include: Orlando-fragments; It is always today (YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company), Earthship (Divertimento Ensemble), Slutförvaringen – Kuinka puoliintuminen meitä liikuttaa (Helsinki Chamber Choir), Pepper’s ghost (Avanti! Chamber Orchestra), Glow within (Earplay), Trois Mondes (Susanne Kujala), winnowing (Jaana Kärkkäinen), …sicut aurora procedit (Mirka Malmi), Lightness of the Days; Flutterings (Camilla Hoitenga and Eija Kankaanranta), and Incandescence – Concerto for Oboe (Eeva-Kaisa Rönkä). Her upcoming works include chamber, orchestral, and electro-acoustic music for HYOID Contemporary Voices, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Eco Ensemble, Heather Roche, Eeva Rysä, Anna Kuvaja, and Jyrki Myllärinen. Her music has been performed in numerous festivals in Finland and abroad, including Musica nova Helsinki, Tampere Biennale, Nordic Music Days, EXPO Milan 2015, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Mise-En Music Festival, NYCEMF, ECCO, Acanthes Festival, and ISCM to name a few.

 

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Jaana Kärkkäinen studied at the Sibelius-Academy, the Conservatory in St. Petersburg and the Vienna Academy of Music. She has been the soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti! and other orchestras. She has given the premiere performances of works by many composers, among them Erik Bergman, Kimmo Hakola, Usko Meriläinen, Seppo Pohjola, Veli-Matti Puumala and Maija Hynninen and has recorded repertoire by Usko Meriläinen, Jouni Kaipainen and Olivier Messiaen. photo: Johnny Korkman

 

Mirka Malmi, violinist, is an active partner in various chamber music ensembles and has given a number of premier performances. She appears regularly on various music festivals in Finland and is often heard on recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.  Among Malmis interests are also cross-artistic collaborative projects. In recent years, Mirka Malmi has focused on violin and chamber music of early female composers in Scandinavia. Since 2002 Malmi holds a violin position in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 

In addition to her performing as a violinist, Malmi is an active organizer and visionary. Her merits in this field include Janakkala Chamber Music Concerts (Artistic Leader, 2004), Interdisciplinary Biannual Veikkola Dada (Founding Partner, 2008–2015), Sääksmäki Soi! Festival (Artistic Partner, 2008-2016) and Nainen ja Viulu Concert Series (Artistic Leader 2018-). Malmi studied violin and chamber music in Edsberg Music Institute, Stockholm, and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki under professors Ulf Wallin, Kaija Saarikettu and Mats Zetterqvist.

 

Photo: Ville-Paul Paasimaa

The Finnish pianist Anna Kuvaja is a versatile musician who performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player and has partnered a great variety of artists. She is also renowned as a fortepianist and on the other hand has given first performances of several contemporary compositions. Anna came to public attention with her critically acclaimed debut recital in Helsinki in 2008 and has given numerous concerts in her home country and abroad since then, as well as recording for YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) and appearing at many festivals. Since 2010 Anna has complemented her performing with educational work at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, where she is highly regarded as a teacher.

 

In 2016 Anna published her solo album, Fluvial, on the Alba label. The record received excellent reviews and was awarded five stars in BBC Music Magazine, which praised "a stunning debut disc... powerful Schubert." Anna was the recipient of one of the Finnish state's prestigious artists' grants in 2017.

 

Photo: Jouni Harala

Hanna Kinnunen studied the flute at the Sibelius Academy and also in Paris. She has worked in many orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2003–2006, 2010–2013) and Tapiola Sinfonietta (2014). As a chamber musician she has appeared in numerous festivals in Finland and elsewhere in Europe, specializing in contemporary music. Contemporary music is the focus of her artistic doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy as well. She teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at the music school in Käpylä, Helsinki.

Henriikka Tavi (poet, fiction writer, columnist) teaches creative writing, works together with artists from other art branches and has translated poetry and academic work into Finnish. Her books have won and have nominated to several literature prizes in Finland and Nordic Countries.  She is a founding member of Poesia, a poetry publishing cooperative, and also known also from her experiment “Kaksitoista”, an attempt to publish 12 books in a year.

 

Photo: Heli Sorjonen

Harpist Lily-Marlene Puusepp holds a Master of Music degree from Sibelius Academy. Puusepp performs contemporary music regularly and is a member of the Finnish electroacoustic group defunensemble. Puusepp has also worked as an orchestral harpist in Finland and Norway. In addition to performing Puusepp teaches harp in Helsinki metropolitan area music schools.

 

Photo: Lilian Pärni

Mikko Raasakka is a freelance clarinetist living in Helsinki, Finland. He completed an artistic doctorate at the Sibelius Academy in 2005. Raasakka is especially known for his work with contemporary music. He has premiered dozens of new works for clarinet and bass clarinet, including six concertos. Since 2009 Raasakka has been a member of defunensemble, an exploratory Finland-based new music group devoted to the performance of electro acoustic music. He is also a member of the Zagros Ensemble. Raasakka has performed at festivals in sixteen European countries, Canada, USA, Australia and South Korea. His first solo CD Eliangelis (2014) had an enthusiastic feedback from the press.

 

Photo: Anne Raasakka

The Finnish soprano Tuuli Lindeberg is one of the leading performers of baroque and contemporary vocal music in her native country. She collaborates regularly with the best chamber orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Finland, and appears frequently as a soloist in oratorios, other choral works, stage productions and in concert recitals. She has given several premieres of new vocal works written for her voice. Ms.Lindeberg holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.

 

Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Kyle Bruckmann, Oakland-based oboist and composer and performer, has work that extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, post-punk rock and the noise underground. He is a member of acclaimed new music collective sfSound, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, and the Stockton Symphony, and teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Davis, and Berkeley. Since moving to the Bay Area from Chicago in 2003, he has performed as a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area's regional orchestras while remaining active in an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more than 80 recordings of various genres.

 

Photo: Uli Templin

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