"The essence of my 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."
- Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) 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 sounds into another domain, another space and reality. 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).
- Maija's music has been presented and commissioned by, among others, YLE (Finnish National Broadcasting Company), Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Mise-En, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Quince Ensemble, Earplay, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Kyle Bruckmann, Susanne Kujala, Mirka Malmi, Camilla Hoitenga, Eija Kankaanranta, Anni Haapaniemi and Heather Roche. She has been featured in numerous festivals in Finland and abroad such as Music 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.
- Maija holds a PhD in Music Composition from UC Berkeley where she studied with Franck Bedrossian, Carmine Cella, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, Myra Melford and Ken Ueno. Previously, she studied at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Paavo Heininen while also working on a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has complemented her studies in electronics at IRCAM.
- Maija was awarded the Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts and the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition by UC Berkeley. In 2021, she won the George Ladd Prix de Paris prize by UC Berkeley for a one-year residency in Paris. She is the recipient of numerous artist grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.