Carita Holmström

(born in 1954, in Helsinki, Finland, resident there), composer, pianist, arranger, singer and teacher with emphasis on piano improvisation. Her music style varies from jazzy chansons to chamber music, music for choir, musicals, classical song cycles, ballet music and even a chamber opera. Her popular music has been published on many records since 1973 (We are what we do). She has represented Finland in many international Festivals, also in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with the song Keep Me Warm and finished 13th. She likes to perform with smaller group, combining unusual instruments in order to get now acoustic colours. She is professor at the Sibelius-Academy, teaching piano and improvisation. She has also worked as a conductor for theatre productions.
Selected recordings: We are What We do, 1973; Toinen levy, 1974; Two faces, 1980, duo with double bass Teppo Hauta-aho; Aquamarin, 1984; Time of Growing, 1990, with her group Players Unlimited; DUO!, 1994 with Teppo Hauta-aho.; My Diary of Songs 2010, CD.
Selected works: Song cycle: Livets namn for soprano; Aspects du Printemps, suite for solo organ published by Sulasol/Finland; Dona nobis pacem mass for horn and organ published by Sulasol/ Finland; Dreams trio for clarinet, cello and piano published by Opus Musicus; Paintings at an exhibition suite for 2 pianos and four hands.

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