Mini-documentary (in Finnish)

List of Works

Orchestral Works
Performing material on hire from or from Zinfonia

  • Hit & Run (2021), 6′, (3333/4331/1+4/archi)
    Commissioned by the Bamberger Symfoniker.
  • Wiegenlied (2020), 11′, (3333/4331/1+3/hp/archi) pdf
    Commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras. Premiered 19.8.2020 by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä.
  • Un Grande Sospiro (2018), 22′, (2222/2200/2/archi) pdf
    Commissioned by Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kymi Sinfonietta & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Premiered 25.10.2019 by Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Klaus Mäkelä.
  • Batteria (2016), 11′, (3333/4331/1+3/pf/hp/archi) pdfpdf
    Commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Premiered by André de Ridder and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 1.2.2017..
  • Recharged (2015/2018), 6′, strings
    Premiered by Ostrobothanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä.
  • Sospirando 4 (2019), 6′, strings (orig. 2vl/vla/2vlc)
  • Gryf (2013), 16′, (2222/2210/1perc+timp/archi)  pdf
    Premiered by Kymi Sinfonietta conducted by Yasuo Shinozaki.

Orchestral Works with Soloist(s)
Performing material on hire from or from Zinfonia

Chamber Music Works
Sheet music available from Faber Music’s store.

  • Triple Drive (2021), 11′, versions for cl,vlc,pf & vl,vlc,pf
    Commissioned by the Bowery Trio
  • Double Trouble (2021), 11′, vl/vlc
    Commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta and premiered by Pekka Kuusisto & Klaus Mäkelä
  • Sospirando 1 “Awake” (2017), 5-7′, 3-4 percussion  pdf
    Commissioned by Awake Percussion.
  • Sospirando 2 “Folio” (2018), c.13-17′, vlc+acc (with optional amplification)pdfpdf
    Commissioned by Harri Kuusijärvi.
  • Sospirando 4 (2019), 6′, 2vl/vla/2vlc
    Commissioned by the Turku Music Festival
  • A Due (2016), 7′, flute & guitar
    Premiered by Hanna Juutilainen & Markku Laakso at 5.2.2016 in Sellosali, Espoo.
    Commissioned by the performers with the kind funding of Wihuri fund.
  • Pianoquartet “Chasse-Neige” (2014), 13′, vl/vla/vlc/pf pdf
    Premiered by Ensemble Recherche
  • Chained (2015), 8′, accordion pdfpdf
    Premiered and commissioned by Harri Kuusijärvi with the funding of Madetoja Foundation.
  • Epilogi (2013), 8′, piano
    Premiered by Hanna-Mari Kousa

Vocal Works

  • Mirkka Rekola laulut (2015-18), 10′, sopr/pf
    (M. Rekola, in Finnish)
    Premiered by Tuuli Lindeberg & Minttu Siitonen


Upcoming performances

15.6.2022 München, Germany
16.6.2022 München, Germany
17.6.2022 München, Germany

Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Klaus Mäkelä

26.6.2022 Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä
Batteria, country premiere

2.7.2022 Ruovesi, Finland
Musiikkia! Ruovesi, Sirja Nironen & Kasmir Uusitupa
Double Trouble

26.7.2022 Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland
27.7.2022 Järvenpää Hall, Finland
28.7.2022 Temppeliaukion kirkko, Helsinki, Finland

Orkester Norden conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen
Un Grande Sospiro

25.8.2022 Stockholm, Sweden
Östersjö Festivalen, Malin Broman & musicians from SRSO
Recharged, country premiere

24.11.2022 Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland
FOCUS: Sauli Zinovjev
Juho Pohjonen, piano & Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Daníel Bjarnason
Piano Concerto
Un Grande Sospiro

6.12.2022 Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland
Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing
New work, world premiere

14.12.2022 Amsterdam, Neatherlands
15.12.2022 Amsterdam, Neatherlands

Concertgebouworkest conducted by Klaus Mäkelä
Batteria, country premiere

2.3.2023 Espoo, Finland
Hugo Ticciati, violin & Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano & Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Ryan Bancroft
Double Concerto, world premiere

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A composition at its best has everything. The entire life in a single moment. This is how composer Sauli Zinovjev (1988) sees it.

Since graduating from the Sibelius-Academy he has been focusing mainly on orchestral music with commissions and performances by distinguished orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestras of Munich, Oslo, Gothenburg and Helsinki, Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Bamberger Symfoniker, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta. Zinovjev has collaborated with some of the frontline musicians such as Klaus Mäkelä, Vikingur Olafsson, Sakari Oramo, Pekka Kuusisto, Tuuli Lindeberg and Malin Broman.

Zinovjev composes music that conveys vast emotions. The kind of music which also made him a composer. Until the age of sixteen, he played the guitar in a rock band and skateboarded. Then he saw a clip online with György Cziffra performing Liszt.

“It was as if wallpaper had been torn off the wall revealing a window to an open landscape. The euphoria and the virtuoso performance left a fanatic impression on me. To have the ability to inject so much art into a single moment. The entire spectrum of life.”

Zinovjev uses classical music to make his view of the world intelligible. To convey it – life – to others.

Anna-Kaari Hakkarainen

  • 1988 Born in Lahti, Finland, studies in the Sibelius-Academy & Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe under guidance of Tapio Nevanlinna and Wolfgang Rihm 2010-2015
  • 2021 An exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with the Birdsong Music Publishing by HarrisonParrot
  • Composer-in-residence at the 60th Turku Music Festival, 2019, Guest composer at the RUSK Festival 2017, working on a grants by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) 2019-2020 & 2022, Finnish Cultural Foundation 2018, Wihuri’s Foundation 2021, Stipendium at the International Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia, 2021


Publishing, scores and parts:

Milly Paine

Birdsong by HarrisonParrot
South Wing
Somerset House
The Strand
London, WC2R 1LA
T: +44 (0) 20 7229 9166


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