Uljas Pulkkis won competitions and acquired a reputation at an early age. “His idiom has clearly struck a nerve: it is a blend of so many influences that no one feels it is completely alien. At the same time, however, this blend is whipped up so that the music outright sparkles with freshness,” writes Osmo Tapio Räihälä. Pulkkis has employed a large orchestra boldly and colourfully from the very first. From the effective use of spectral harmonies, his style has progressed into new dimensions, often acquiring a strong programmatic element. He is a prolific composer with a penchant for things as varied as Renaissance polyphony and Richard Wagner.