Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Anneli Saariaho (Finnish: [ˈkɑi̯jɑ ˈsɑːriɑho]; née Laakkonen, born 14 October 1952) is a Finnish composer based in Paris, France.

Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her research at the Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic (IRCAM) marked a turning point in her music away from strict serialism towards spectralism. Her characteristically rich, polyphonic textures are often created by combining live music and electronics.

In 1986, Saariaho was awarded the Kranichsteiner Preis at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. In 1988, she won the Prix Italia for her work Stilleben and in 1989 both Stilleben and Io were awarded the Prix Ars Electronica. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize.

During the course of her career she has received commissions from the Lincoln Center for the Kronos Quartet and from IRCAM for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the BBC, the New York Philharmonic, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Finnish National Opera, among others.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 A Portrait of Kaija Saariaho Kaija Saariaho 2
1989 Endymion Ensemble: Lindberg / Kaipainen / Hämeenniemi / Saariaho Lindberg, Kaipainen, Hämeenniemi, Saariaho; Endymion Ensemble, John Whitfield 1
1989 Lichtbogen / Io / Verblendungen / Stilleben Kaija Saariaho; Avanti Chamber Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 1
1992 Maa Kaija Saariaho 1
1993 Du Cristal / …À La Fumée / Nymphéa Kaija Saariaho; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Petri Alanko, Anssi Karttunen, Kronos Quartet 2
1996 From Scandinavia Lindberg, Sørensen, Tiensuu, Saariaho; Arditti Quartet, Kari Kriikku, Jukka Tiensuu 2
1997 Private Gardens Kaija Saariaho; Camilla Hoitenga, Florent Jodelet, Anssi Karttunen, Dawn Upshaw 1
2000 From the Grammar of Dreams Kaija Saariaho; Anu Komsi, Avanti!, Hannu Lintu 2
2001 Château de l'âme / Graal théâtre / Amers Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw, Gidon Kremer, Anssi Karttunen, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
2002 Graal Théâtre / Solar / Lichtbogen Kaija Saariaho; John Storgårds, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Hannu Lintu 1
2002 L'aile du songe Kaija Saariaho; Camilla Hoitenga, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 1
2002 Six japanese gardens / Trois rivières delta Kaija Saariaho 1
2004 Cinq Reflets de L'Amour de Loin / Nymphea Reflection / Oltra Mar Kaija Saariaho; Pia Freund, Gabriel Suovanen, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste 2
2004 Chamber Music Kaija Saariaho; Wolpe Trio, Andreas Boettger 1
2006 L'œuvre pour violoncelle Kaija Saariaho; Alexis Descharmes 1
2008 Notes on Light / Orion / Mirage Kaija Saariaho; Karita Mattila, Anssi Karttunen, Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach 1
2009 L'Amour de loin Kaija Saariaho; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano 1
2011 D'om le vrai sens / Laterna Magica / Leino Songs Kaija Saariaho; Kari Kriikku, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo 1
2012 Saltarello Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Kaija Saariaho, John Dowland; Garth Knox, 1
2012 Bach & Beyond, Part 1 Bach, Ysaÿe, Saariaho, Mazzoli; Jennifer Koh 1
2012 Trios Kaija Saariaho; Steven Dann, Pia Freund, Tuija Hakkila, Florent Jodelet, Anssi Karttunen, Ernst Kovacic 1
2013 La Passion de Simone Kaija Saariaho; Dawn Upshaw, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
2013 The Edge of Light Messiaen, Saariaho; Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet 1
2013 Chamber Works for Strings, Volume 1 Kaija Saariaho; Meta4 1
2015 Bach & Beyond, Part 2 Bach, Bartók, Saariaho; Jennifer Koh 1
2015 Symphonie et créations pour orgue et orchestre Camille Saint‐Saëns, Samy Moussa, Kaija Saariaho; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano 2
2015 Let the Wind Speak Kaija Saariaho; Camilla Hoitenga, Anssi Karttunen, Daniel Belcher, Héloïse Dautry, Da Camera of Houston 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Meet the Composer: Kaija Saariaho Kaija Saariaho 1
2012 Works for Orchestra Kaija Saariaho 1

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