A composition at its best has everything. The entire life in a single moment. This is how composer Sauli Zinovjev (1988) sees it.
Zinovjev has quickly become one of the interesting names in classical music and one of the most played composers of his generation in Finland. His music has been performed by the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the symphony orchestras of Lahti and Oulu as well as the Kymi Sinfonietta, to mention just a few.
During the Autumn 2017 violinist Pekka Kuusisto premiered Zinovjev’s Violin Concerto (”Der Leiermann”) with the Oulu Sinfonia and in the March 2018 orchestral work Batteria (commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE) will receive it’s fourth performance in a concert of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klaus Mäkelä.
Zinovjev composes music that conveys vast emotions. The kind of music which also made him a composer.
Until the age of sixteen, he played in a rock band. Practised the guitar 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.
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“Sauli Zinovjev’s entire aesthetics is characterized by a wonderful idealism emphasizing the beautiful and the content of the composition.” Wilheml Kvist, HBL
“Sauli Zinovjev from Finland, proved himself, through his piece Gryf, to be a brilliant talent. His slow-paced composition consisted of both beautiful timbral landscapes and persistent melodies.” Kimmo Korhonen, Rondo
“Sauli Zinovjev is exceptionally gifted composer which one can hear for example from his pianoquartet. The music is vital, fresh, beautiful -and loaded with significance.” Harri Hautala, Aamulehti