“Jyrki Linjama is a conscientious craftsman-composer who shuns being associated with any particular stylistic camp. He is modern but not a Modernist, and greatly aware of tradition without being a traditionalist”, writes Erkki Huovinen. Linjama explores tradition for instance through features such as cantus firmus technique. His music demonstrates both a desire to write complex music and an appreciation of simple, effective melodic lines. Many of his works are sacred in nature, and in his doctorate he explored “the yawning but unnecessary gap between modern concert music and the services of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church.” In his instrumental music, a substantial role is played by his own instrument, the violin, for which he has written several concertos.