Outi Tarkiainen

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"Outi Tarkiainen is one of a new generation of composers whose work bears intense witness to the world around it and whose music engages audiences while advancing the art form without compromise", writes Andrew Mellor. "I see music as a force of nature", Outi has said, "that can flood over a person and even change entire destinies."

As a composer, Outi Tarkiainen has background both in the Modernist camp and in the jazz camp. Several of her works exhibit, in a deeply instinctive way, an organic, innovative dialogue between these two traditions – an example being the title work of her acclaimed disc Into the Woodland Silence.

Tarkiainen’s music is frequently performed abroad and has been dubbed to draw on the immensity of the northern natural environment. Her saxophone concerto Saivo was nominated for the 2018 Nordic Council Music Prize. Midnight Sun Variations, commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra from Canada, was premiered at the BBC Proms Festival in August 2019 and has since been performed around the world.



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