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.