Member Profile: Maija Hynninen
Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) – composer and sound artist – incorporates in her work the human voice, live electronics and multidisciplinary performances. She entered the Sibelius Academy in 2003 (M.Mus. 2011) to study with Paavo Heininen while also working for a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 2012–13. She is currently PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley, with Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno, Edmund Campion and Cindy Cox as her professors. She is also earning a PhD in electro-acoustic music in Sibelius Academy. She was amongst the finalists in Feeding Music composition competition organised by Divertimento Ensemble and EXPO Milan. Her music has been presented and commissioned by YLE (Finnish broadcasting company), Helsinki Chamber Choir, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the International Maj Lind piano competition, Camilla Hoitenga and Eija Kankaanranta among others. Hynninen writes virtuoso parts for the musicians yet captures a sense of lightness of texture. The music is often governed by linear thinking while the harmony gravitates towards quartertones. The textures often combine noise and pitch which result in ambiguity of timbre. Her future works include chamber and orchestral music as well as works for soloist or small ensemble and live electronics.