Lotta Wennäkoski

Lotta Wennäkoski (1970, Helsinki, Finland) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy and got her diploma in 2000. Her main teachers have been Eero Hämeenniemi, Kaija Saariaho and Paavo Heininen. In the years 1998-99 she studied with Louis Andriessen in the Netherlands. Her debut concert took place in Musica Nova Helsinki festival in 1999. Her orchestral piece Sakara was commissioned by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who also conducted the premier with Helsinki Philharmonia in 2003. Her stage work N! (Woman's love and life) was premiered in Helsinki Festival also in 2003, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize the next year. More recent performances of her works include the premier of the flute concerto Soie by Petri Alanko and the Finnish RSO in 2009, and the mini opera Lelele at the Musica Nova Helsinki 2011, performed by soprano Pia Freund and Plus Ensemble. She was the artistic co-ordinator of Tampere Biennale festival 2008-2010. A CD of her chamber music, Culla d'aria, was published 2008 by Alba Records.