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Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) – composer and sound artist – incorporates in her work the human voice, live electronics and multidisciplinary performances. 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. She has added to her studies an ERASMUS exchange year in Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Oliver Schneller. The studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 2012–13. She started her PhD at UC Berkeley in 2016 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.
Hynninen writes virtuoso parts for the musicians yet captures a sence of lightness of texture. The music is often governed by linear thinking while the harmony gravitates towards quartertones. The textures often combine noise and pitch which result in ambiguity of timbre. Her future works include chamber and orchestral music as well as works for soloist or small ensemble and live electronics.
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), Viitasaari Time of Music -festival, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the International Maj Lind piano competition, Jaana Kärkkäinen, Andrea Carola Kiefer, Susanne Kujala, Juho Laitinen, Camilla Hoitenga and Eija Kankaanranta. She has participated in courses for young composers organized by Acanthes, IRCAM, Orkester Norden and Avanti! and masterclasses of Unsuk Chin, Philippe Hurel, Oscar Strasnoy, Rolf Wallin, Karin Rehnqvist, Magnus Lindberg and Jonathan Harvey among others.
At the moment she focuses on completing her PhD and composing with the support by Sibelius Foundation and UC Berkeley.
Spouce: Eero Tiittula
Children: Solja (b. 2011), Aune (b. 2014)
2016–20 PhD UC Berkeley, Department of Music, Composition
2015– PhD Sibelius Academy, Department of Music Technology
2012–2013 IRCAM Cursus 1, practical training in computer music. Lessons in composition Mauro Lanza, lessons in electronics Éric Daubresse, Jean Lochard, Grégoire Lorieux, Mikhail Malt and Alexander Mihalic.
2009–2010 ERASMUS exchange studies in Stuttgart Hochschule fûr Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Oliver Schneller, composition, Piet Meyer, electro acoustic music
2010, 2013 private lessons in composition, Marco Stroppa, Kaija Saariaho
2003–11 Sibelius Academy, composition. B.Mus. 2008. M.Mus 2011
Teacher: professor Paavo Heininen
2001–2004 Norwegian State Academy of Music, performing arts violin. Bachelor of Music 2004. Teacher: professor Kolbjörn Holthe
1998–2001 Helsinki University, musicology, studies.
1998–2000 Lahti Conservatory of Music, studies in violin playing and teaching.
1996 secondary school graduate
Masterclasses and residencys
2013 Saari residence supported by Kone Foundation 1.9.-30.10.2013 (full scholarship for two months artistic work at the Saari manor in Hietamäki near Turku, Finland).
2011 Acanthes course for young composers. Teachers: Unsuk Chin, Philippe Hurel and Oscar Strasnoy. Participated in chamber orchestra workshop and final concert with Orchestre National de Lorrain, cond. Jean Deroyer.
2008 and 10 Visby International Centre for Composers, composer in residence
2008 Orkester Norden (Nordic youth orchestra), cond. Peter Szilvay composer masterclass in Kristiansand, Norway. Teachers: Rolf Wallin and Karin Rehnqvist.
2007–08 Avanti! Chamber Orchestra's XXII and XXIII Summer Sounds festival composition workshop: Sävellyspaja. Teachers: Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu and Jouni Kaipainen, Porvoo, Finland.
2005–09 Time of Music festival composition courses. Teachers: Jonathan Harvey, Heinz Holliger, Jukka Tiensuu and Michael Finnissy.
Grants for artistic work: Society of Finnish Composers Sibelius foundation, City of Vantaa, Finnish Cultural Foundation (6 and 12 month grants for artistic work), Arts Council of Finland (12 and 6 month grant for artistic work) Sibelius Academy, Luses, Lehtinen Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation and Kone Foundation.
Works commissioned by YLE (Finnish broadcasting company) and Viitasaari Time of Music -festival, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the International Maj Lind piano competition, Earplay, and Camilla Hoitenga, commision grants from TEOSTO, Society of Finnish Composers Sibelius and Pegasos foundation, Arts Council Finland and YLE.
MOST IMPORTANT RECENT CONCERTS (since 2013) AND OTHER MEDIA PUBLICITY
[new work] for oboe and orchestra, Eeva-Kaisa Rönkä, oboe, Sinfonia Lahti, cond. Jaakko Kuusisto.
[new work] for bass clarinet and flute, Earplay, San Francisco.
[new work] for Jean-Francois Laporte and his instruments and electronics
June, Lightness of the Days, Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute, Eija Kankaanranta, kantele, Cologne.
21.2. Presenting works at CCRMA, Stanford University lecture series.
12.4. Freedom from Fear, Kyle Bruckmann, oboe, Maija Hynninen, electronics, CNMAT, Main Room, Berkeley.
8.5. Freedom from Fear, Kyle Bruckmann, oboe, Maija Hynninen, electronics and lights, Hertz Hall, Berkeley.
18. and 19.3. ...sicut aurora procedit, Mirka Malmi, vl, Ilona Jäntti, aerialist, Timo Kurkikangas, electronics, Oulu Music Festival, Finland.
April, Birdie, animation film by Pirjetta Brander, Korundi, Rovaniemi.
4.5. Iced up, Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum, Maija Hynninen, haegeum, Center for New Music, San Francisco.
9.5. Earthship, Eco Ensemble, cond. David Milnes, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, US.
29.5. Earthship, HELIjaKEEL Ensemble, cond. Jan Eik Tulve, Balderin Hall, Helsinki
31.5. Earthship, …sicut aurora procedit, Do not cross, HELIjaKEEL Festival, Vene Teater, Tallinn
7.9. It is Always Today, commissioned by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, f.p., YLE radio 1
20.9. It is always today, Espais Oberts, Radio Catalunya.
22 and 23.9. Earthship, Divertimento Ensemble, Maija Hynninen, electronics, EXPO 2015 Milano Italian Pavillion. The final round of composition competition Feeding Music.
18., 19. and 20.9. Electric Shocks, multidisciplinary performance, LéSpace, Helsinki. Eero Tiittula, visual artist/set designer, Julie Nathanielsz, choreograph/dancer, Maija Hynninen, music, Suvi Matinaro, costume designer/director of video, Markus Serala, light designer.
13.9. and 23.11. ...sicut aurora procedit, Mirka Malmi, vl, Ilona Jäntti, aerialist, Maija Hynninen, electronics, Music Centre, Helsinki.
19.1. Interpolations 2, Andrea Carola Kiefer, accordion, Loft, Cologne, Germany.
24.1. Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme, Juho Laitinen, electric cello and electronics. Kallio New Music Days, Helsinki.
9.–13.4. Mental Balance Variants music for animation film in collaboration with visual artist Pirjetta Brander, Tampere Biennale -festival, Finland.
9.5.–1.6. Mental Balance Variants music for animation film, Tampere Biennale.
29.5.–1.6. Yo, genesis, music for dance production in collaboration with choreograph Julie Nathanielsz, Austin, Texas.
14.6.–31.8. Mental Balance Variants music for animation film, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland.
4.7. ...sicut aurora procedit, Mirka Malmi, violin, Sääksmäki soi! -festival.
17.9. Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme, Juho Laitinen, electric cello and electronics. Nordic Music Days, Oslo, Norway.
6.4. Après tel février for mezzo-soprano and electronics, final work of Cursus 1, Espace de projection, IRCAM, Paris
15.6. winnowing, Sonja Fräki, piano, Maija Hynninen, electronics, Kallio Kuninkala Festival, Järvenpää Hall, Finland.
27.8. Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme, Juho Laitinen, cello and electronics, Ostrava Days Festival 2013, Tsech Republic.
27.11. Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme, Juho Laitinen, cello and electronics, Finnland-Institut, Berlin.
18.12. New Holland, commissioned by The St Petersburg Pro Arte Foundation for culture and arts, eNsemble, cond. Fedor Lednev, The Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Works broadcasted in the radio
december 2011 winnowing, Jaana Kärkkäinen, piano, Maija Hynninen and Timo Kurkikangas, electronics, Brazilian radio, Rádio MEC FM
11.5.09 Interpolations 2 Andrea Kiefer, accordion, James Andean electronics, Swedish radio P1 and P2.
by the Finnish broadcasting company (YLE radio 1)
7.9.16 Aina on tänään – It is always today, acousmatic piece.
28.8.13 Trois Mondes, Susanne Kujala, organ, Maija Hynninen and Veli Kujala, electronics.
12.4.12 winnowing, Emil Holmström, piano, Timo Kurkikangas, electronics.
6.12.11 Borrowed Tunes: 1. Dead Man Theme, Juho Laitinen, cello and live electronics.
23.10.11 winnowing, Jaana Kärkkäinen, piano, Maija Hynninen and Timo Kurkikangas, electronics.
19.7.11 winnowing, Jaana Kärkkäinen, piano, Maija Hynninen and Timo Kurkikangas, electronics.
7.9.10 Orlando fragments, Jutta Seppinen, mezzo soprano, defunensemble.
13.7.10 Orlando fragments, Jutta Seppinen, mezzo soprano, defunensemble.
20.2.09 Slutförvaringen–Kuinka puoliintuminen meitä liikuttaa, Helsinki Chamber Choir, cond. Nils Schweckendiek.
autumn 2010 winnowing, Jaana Kärkkäinen, piano, Timo Kurkikangas, electronics, recording by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE.
spring 2013 Trois Mondes, Susanne Kujala, organ, Maija Hynninen and Jukka Viiri, electronics, recording by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE.
year 2013 Mental Balance Variants, The Polytech Choir, cond. Juha Kuivanen, recording to be released under a commercial label.
spring 2014 Orlando fragments, Tuuli Lindeberg, sopraano, defunensemble, Maija Hynninen, electronics, recording by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE.
autumn 2014 New Holland,Jozsef Hars, cond., Hanna Kinnunen, flute/picc, Lauri Sallinen, cl/
bass cl, Tommi Hyytinen, hn, Miikka Saarinen, tp, Petteri Kippo, perc., Saara Olarte, harp, Mirka Malmi, vl, Carmen Moggach, vla, Juho Laitinen, vlc. Recorded and edited by Maija Hynninen, James Andean and Davis Ozolins at the studios of CMT at the Music Centre, Helsinki.
OTHER JOBS AND POSITIONS
2010–11 producer and artistic coordinator for Zagros chamber music group, (www.zagros.fi)
2007– freelance music journalist and co-host of the programs ’The contemporary music classics’ and ‘The Finnish music of our time’ at Finnish broadcasting company, radio Yle 1.
2005–08 Sibelius Academy concert worker.
2011– Member of TEOSTO
2007– Member of Society of Finnish Composers
2007– Member of Finnish Music Information Centre
2006–08 Chairman of Ears Open -society