Dr. Maria Kallionpää is an internationally active composer and pianist. She earned her PhD in composition at the university of Oxford in 2015; her artistic research project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Scatcherd European Scholarship, and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Kallionpää won the first prize of the OUPHIL composition competition in 2013. She has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (2009) and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (2010) and has also studied at Sibelius Academy and Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Her works have been performed, for example, at Musikverein Wien, Philharmonie Luxembourg, and Sibiu Philharmonia. In 2011 Kallionpää was a commissioned composer of the Turku European Culture Capital and a finalist of the Tenso European Chamber Choir Composition Competition. Furthermore, her music was workshopped by the BBC Singers in the same year. Kallionpää has performed at numerous music festivals including, for example, Rainy Days Festival at Philharmonie Luxembourg, Musica nova Helsinki, Spitalfields Festival (London), and Neue Musik von Thuringen. In 2016 her music was performed at the Florida International Toy Piano Festival.
Kallionpää works currently as a postdoctoral fellow at the university of Aalborg and as a composer in residence of the Mixed Reality Laboratory of the Nottingham University. Her artistic research project focuses on designing a music engine that uses gamification as a composition technique. Kallionpää is a winner of the Fabbrica Young Artist Development Program of Opera di Roma, for which she is currently composing a new opera that will be premiered in 2017. Moreover, in collaboration with her colleague Markku Klami, Kallionpää is also working on the first full-length puppet opera produced in the Nordic Countries, which will premiere in 2018. Kallionpää was a laureate of Académie de France à Rome in 2016.
“There aren’t any particular themes or topics connecting my pieces, but of course the whole world is full of sources of inspiration, for example movies or poems,” says Maria Kallionpää. More