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Batteria, (2016) performed by Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by André De Ridder

Un Grande Sospiro, (2018) Swiss premiere, performed by l’OCL conducted by Klaus M√§kel√§

Gryf, (2013) performed by Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Okko Kamu

Sospirando 1 , (2017) performed by Kazutaka Morita, Naoki Yasuda, Jani Niinimäki & Jerry Piipponen

Sospirando 2, (2018) performed by Markus Hohti and Harri Kuusijärvi

Chained, (2014) performed by Harri Kuusijärvi

Syrjä, (2016) performed by dancers Laura Sorvali & Jussi Suomalainen directed by Vilma Tihilä, video by Tommi Mustaniemi and music performed by Sauli Zinovjev, piano, Ulriikka Heikinheimo, violin, Vuokko Lahtinen, viola & Marina Vidal, cello

List of works

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  • Sospirando 1 “Awake” (2017), 5-7′, 3-4 percussion pdf pdf pdf
    Commissioned by Awake Percussion.
  • Sospirando 2 “Folio” (2018), c.13-17′, vlc+acc (with optional amplification)pdf
    Commissioned by Harri Kuusijärvi.
  • A Due (2016), 7′, flute & guitar pdfpdf
    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 pdfpdfpdf
    Premiered by Ensemble Recherche
  • Chained (2015), 8′, accordion pdfpdfpdfpdf
    Premiered and commissioned by Harri Kuusijärvi with the funding of Madetoja Foundation.
  • Epilogi (2013), 8′, piano pdfpdf
    Premiered by Hanna-Mari Kousa


  • Mirkka Rekola songs (2015-18), 10′, sopr/pf pdf
    (M. Rekola, in Finnish)
    Premiered by Tuuli Lindeberg & Minttu Siitonen
  • Requiem (2015-16), 23′, SATB/vlc pdf
    Commissioned by Mattias Rodrick. Premiere 16.11.2019 with Mattias Rodrick & Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör conducted by Florian Benfer.

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Upcoming performances

14.8.2020 19.30 Zeughaus Neuss, Germany
15.8.2020 19.30 Zeughaus Neuss, Germany

Deutsche Kammerakademie, Ensemble Quirin
Sospirando 4, German premiere

19.8.2020 Oslo, Norway
20.8.2020 Oslo, Norway
21.8.2020 Oslo, Norway

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä
Wiegenlied, world premiere
Commissioned by Oslo Philharmonic, Göthenburg Symphony & Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras

4.11.2020 Gothenburg, Sweden
5.11.2020 Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg Symphony conducted by Klaus Mäkelä
Wiegenlied, Swedish premiere
Commissioned by Oslo Philharmonic, Göthenburg Symphony & Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras

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  • 1988 Born in Lahti, Finland, studies in the Sibelius-Academy & Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe under guidance of Tapio Nevanlinna and Wolfgang Rihm 2010-2015
  • A spiral of orchestral commissions including “Batteria” (commissioned by the Finnish RSO), Violin concerto (commissioned by the Oulu Sinfonia) and “Die Welt – ein Tor” for cello and orchestra (commissioned by the Paulo Foundation) was launched by the success of “Gryf” in the 3rd International Uuno Klami Competition
  • 2019-2021 the second wave of orchestral commissions with international co-commissioners starting with “Un Grande Sospiro” (commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kymi Sinfonietta & Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne (Swiss debut)), Piano concerto (commissioned by the Finnish RSO and Swedish RSO) and “Wiegenlied” (commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras) among important debuts with Bamberger Symphoniker with Batteria and National Arts Centre Orchestra with Un Grande Sospiro
  • Composer-in-residence at 60th Turku Music Festival, 2019 and Guest composer at the RUSK Festival 2017, working on a grant by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) 2019-2020

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 Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonic Orchestras of Oslo, Helsinki & Gothenburg and the Bamberger Symfoniker, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Tapiola Sinfonietta. Zinovjev has collaborated with some of the frontline musicians such as Klaus M√§kel√§, Vikingur Olafsson, Tuuli Lindeberg, Harri Kuusij√§rvi, Pekka Kuusisto and Markus Hohti. Zinovjev’s most recent works include a Piano Concerto for pianist Vikingur Olafsson commissioned by Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras and a new orchestral piece “Wiegenlied” commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony & Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras.

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.

‚ÄúIt 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.‚ÄĚ

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

Anna-Kaari Hakkarainen