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Maija Hynninen, composer, sound artist
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Maija Hynninen – composer and sound artist – is working in the areas of 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 sounds into another domain, another space and reality.
She entered the Sibelius Academy in 2003 (M.Mus. 2011) to study with Paavo Heininen while also working for a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 2012–13. She is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley, with Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, Edmund Campion and Cindy Cox as her professors. She is also earning a PhD in electro-acoustic music in Sibelius Academy. She was amongst the finalists in Feeding Music composition competition organised by Divertimento Ensemble and EXPO Milan. Her music has been presented and commissioned by YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company), Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the International Maj Lind piano competition, Camilla Hoitenga and Eija Kankaanranta among others.
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