Maija Hynninen

(born in 1977 in Helsinki, resident in Vantaa, Finland), composer. She entered the Sibelius Academy in 2003 to study with Paavo Heininen, while also working for a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She added to her studies an ERASMUS exchange year in Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Oliver Schneller and Piet Meyer. The studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 1 2012/13. 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 and Lauri Sallinen. 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 solely on composing, with the support of Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Council of Finland..
Selected works: Chamber works: Kinakridon 2006, for violin and piano; Variations 2006, for wind quintet; Kaiku 2 2007, Echo 2 for soprano, accordion and live electronics; Pepper's Ghost, 2009, for 10 musicians devided into two chamber ensembles; Soaring 2011, flute/alto flute and accordion; Works for Solo Instrument: Preludi, passacaglia ja fuuga 2006 for organ; Interpolations 1; PELI 2007, game, Miniatures for piano, young players; Interpolations 2 2008 for accordion and live electronics; Turnings 2008 for flute solo.
Awards: She has received different grants: from Society of Finnish Composers Sibelius foundation, City of Vantaa, Finnish Cultural Foundation Sibelius Academy and Luses.

Makiko Hirabayashi

(born in 1966, in Tokyo, Japan), Danish composer. She began her studies of classical music at the age of four and was educated at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and at the Rhythmic Conservatory (Copenhagen, Denmark). She has been living in Copenhagen since 1990 and works as composer/pianist/keyboardplayer in various styles of music, with strong interest in jazz, ethnic music from different parts of the world and classical music. She releases on Enja Records with Makiko Hirabayashi Trio feat. percussionist/drummer, Marilyn Mazur and bassist, Klavs Hovman. She collaborated with French flutist Mariane Bitran on the quintet album Grey To Blue, and with trumpet/flügelhorn player, Flemming Agerskov on Binocular. She has performed at major jazz venues and festivals in Europe, Japan, South Africa and Brazil.
Selected discography: Surely, 2013; Binocular 2011; Hide and Seek, 2009; Grey to Blue, 2009, Makiko, 2006; Sisters.
Awards: She won three prizes at European Jazz Contest, Belgium '95 with Sisters; The second album, Hide and Seek (Enja '09) received Jazz Audio Disk Award for Best Instrumental Album '09 and Jazz Melody Award for the title tune in Jazz Critique Magazine, Japan

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Maria Hulten

(grew up in Hedemora), is a Swedish composer and musician. She started her career in her early childhood when she took part in different musical performances in her hometown. She graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 1990 from the Malmö Academy of Music where she studied violin with legendary professor Endre Wolf. Ever since Hulten graduated she has worked as a freelance musician, for example, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio SO, Gothenburg SO, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Drottningholm's Baroque Orchestra among others. She has played under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Eric Ericson and Cecilia Rydinger Ahlin. Hulten has also played in many different popular performances such as Kristina från Duvemåla. She has performed in radio theatres, TV-shows, and CD-recordings. She is a member of several constellations such as Music Queens who have worked together since 1995. As a composer she writes mainly vocal music.
Selected works: Den ljusaste natten; Maskrosdun; Tio vattendroppar och en snöflinga; Böner i advent, Junfru Maria -en berättelse om Jesu moder; Källans gåvor; Ljus och Hopp -mässa i folkton; Pilgrimsmässan.
Selected recordings: Vart än du går; Ljus och Hopp – mässa i folkton; Drömsyn Himla Nordiskt.
Publications direction: Arnberg och Flodin Musik
Awards, selection: 1992 Awarded Riksspelman (National Fiddle Player).

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