Biography

  • 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 for Pekka Kuusisto (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 in collaboration with conductor Klaus Mäkelä and international co-commissioners starting with “Un Grande Sospiro” (commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kymi Sinfonietta & Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne (Swiss debut)), Piano concerto for Vikingur Olafsson (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
Biography

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 in collaboration with some of the frontline conductors and soloists such as Klaus Mäkelä, Vikingur Olafsson, Tuuli Lindeberg, Harri Kuusijärvi and Pekka Kuusisto. 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.

“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

English Suomi