I’m a Finnish composer born and based in Helsinki. I’ve been actively composing commissions since year 2008 and I’m now concentrated on writing solo, chamber and orchestral music.
My first orchestral composition Väylät was commissioned by Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk as part of their Sibelius festival’s Taimitarha (Nursery Garden) project, where five composers at the start of their career was selected to write a 10 minute composition for orchestra. I got the New York Mostly Modern festival 2020 fellowship grant, which was given to one composer from 30 course attendants. In Nordic Music Days 2018 Helsinki Chamber Choir sung my composition Ruskan värjäämät lehdet. I won the shared 1st prize in the international VocalEspoo choral composition competition’s mixed choir category with Siivekkäiden loitsuaja in 2014. My publishers are Music Finland and Sulasol. My latest chamber music has been played by American Modern Ensemble, defunensemble, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra wind quintet, violinist Maria Puusaari, NyNorsk Messingkvintett and AEKI-ensemble. Future performances of my commissioned compositions include Helsinki Chamber Choir (premiere in october 2022 in NeoArte festival Gdansk, Poland), Uusinta Ensemble, accordionist Veli Kujala (debuted at the MET in June 2022), Kitara Nova Ry, Saxophone Quartet Saxtronauts and Helsinki Symphonic Brass.
I seek to contextualize my role as a composer in fresh ways, and thus I’m very interested also in cross-art projects. In September 2022 I made an experimental performance called Hän kirjoittaa (He/She writes) for Uniarts Fest with choreographer Eeva Juutinen, for which we write a collaborative text score together with Eeva in Google Docs, which is then at a rehearsal period interpreted as dance and music: in this project we are aiming to look at temporality in the perspective of each other’s art forms, and find ways and methods of communication between composer and a choreographer. In recent years I’ve curated 5 times Salakuuntelu-klubi (Eavesdropping Club) in Jyväskylä and Helsinki which creates a dialectic performance between different art forms, and has encompassed music, poetry, fine arts, dance.
As an instrumentalist my background is in jazz guitar, and particularly in free improvisation, which is an integral part of my artistic practice. In impro performaces aside from electric guitar I’ve played many instruments: fretless guitar, oud, bass recorder, percussions, voice, overtone singing and keyboards. As an improviser I always strive for a state of straight action, non-thinking, a continuous feeling of being on the edge.
I studied composition 5 years in Sibelius Academy with first 3 years with Juhani Nuorvala and then 2 years with Veli-Matti Puumala. I graduated Master of Music in composition in the summer 2022 with a composition portfolio grade 5/5. The same spring I was awarded a honorary grant from Pro Musica -foundation and Martin Wegeliuksen muisto -foundation. In August 2022 I’m starting a half year working grant for composing granted by Finnish Cultural foundation’s Uusimaa Regional Fund.