The 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 has been widely performed and broadcast in 44 countries across the globe and released on several recordings. His works have received numerous awards: 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 the marimba concerto Portal was awarded the III Prize and won the Audience Prize in the International Uuno Klami Composition Competition in Finland. In 2007 Räisänen won the Irino Prize in Japan with the chamber music work Stheno, and in 2002 he was awarded the II Prize in the International Composition Competition 2 Agosto in Italy. 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 years 2021-2022 work supported by the Kone Foundation.