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Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen (b. 1976) studied composition at the Sibelius Academy. Before entering the Academy, he read music at the University of Helsinki, studying musicology and composition. Räisänen completed his studies by participating in several international composition masterclasses. 


His output ranges from large-scale orchestral works and concertos to ensemble, chamber, and choral music. Besides writing for standard classical music instruments, he is also interested in composing for non-orchestral, baroque, and non-Western instruments. Many works involve electronics, and he has also made music for films and sound installations. His music is widely performed and broadcast in 44 countries across the globe and released on several recordings. 

His music has been performed orchestras like Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, NTO Mannheim, Augsburger Philharmoniker, Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Kymi Sinfonietta, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Luxemboug Sinfonietta.


His works have received numerous awards: Organ Concerto Pulmo won the Grand Prize in the International Kaija Saariaho Organ Composition Competition 2023. The same year, the youth orchestra work Kalalle won the II Prize in Pirkanmaan Pinna Composition Competition. In 2022, the choir work Kiire got the II Prize in the P. J. Hannikainen Choral Composition Competition. In 2021, Räisänen won two composition competitions: The Lux Musicae Composition Competition with the ensemble work Tele and the Composition Competition for the Tampere Piano Competition with his piano solo work Hile. In 2019, Marimba Concerto Portal was awarded the III Prize and it won the Audience Prize in the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition. In 2007, Räisänen won the Irino Prize in Japan with work Stheno, and in 2002 he was awarded the II Prize in the International Composition Competition 2 Agosto in Italy. 


He has been selected for several international artist residencies such as Tokyo Wonder Site 2011, Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf 2010 and Künstlerhaus Lukas 2008. Räisänen has been teaching in the annual Sävellyspaja Composition Masterclass since 2014. 


Composing and commissions supported by (in alphabetical order): Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts Council of Finland, Arts Council of Helsinki Metropolitan Region, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Music Foundation (MES), Goethe Institut, Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation, Kone Foundation, Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland, Madetoja Foundation, Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse, Pro Musica Foundation, Sibelius Fund, Teosto, Uusimaa Regional Fund.

In 2024-2026 work is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Tomi Raisanen (Räisänen), composer | Taike
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