Minna Leinonen

(born in 1977 in Kuopio, Finland), composer. She graduated as a composer from both the Sibelius Academy, where she studied with Veli-Matti Puumala and docent Eero Hämeenniemi, and from the Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences in Music, where she studied with composer Jouni Kaipainen and lecturer Hannu Pohjannoro. She has attended several masterclasses and she has also studied carnatic music in Chennai, India. At the moment she is composing with the help of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She obtained a Bachelor of Music in 2007 at Sibelius Academy, a Bachelor of Culture and Arts. She is member of the Society of Finnish Composers since 2008, Korvat auki ru (Ears Open Society). She has been teacher in Turku Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, Tampere Conservatory.
Selected works: for orchestra: Kha 2006, orchestra; for soloists and orchestra: Yuog, 2006, miniature concerto for bass clarinet and chamber orchestra; chamber works: String quartet, 2000, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass; Three Capriccios for Wind quintet (2001), flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon; Kriya, 2007; Fugu, 2010; Intre, 2011, fl, cl, perc, pf, vl, vcl; Euterpe, 2005 flute solo; Par Preference 2009; Kirkas, hämärä, Kirkas, 2011, guitar solo.
Awards: She has received various grants: Pro Musica Foundation 2002; Wegelius Foundation 2006; Finnish Culture Foundation (Pirkanmaa) 2007.

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