Kaija Saariaho

sp11-WEB-kaija-saariaho-150Born in Finland in 1952, Kaija Saariaho (pronounced KI-yuh Sah-ree-YA-hoe) lived a childhood embedded in music. She played several instruments and studied art in parallel with music. When her studies took her to the Fine Arts School of Helsinki, she quickly concentrated on music. Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her work is often characterized by a combination of live music and electronics. Although much of her catalog is comprised of chamber music, Saariaho has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures since the mid-1990s. Her opera compositions include L’Amour du loin and Adriana Mater, and she also composed the oratorio La Passion de Simone.

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