© Otto Virtanen
© Otto Virtanen

The Finnish composer Sauli Zinovjev, born in Lahti in 1988, switched from rock guitar to composition at the age of 16. He first studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, then with Wolfgang Rihm at the Karlsruhe Music Academy from 2010 to 2015. Apart from several chamber music and vocal works, Zinovjev has focused his output mainly on orchestral music. His first work Gryf (2013) was followed by Batteria, a commission from the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2016), and the cello concerto Die Welt – ein Tor, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland (2017). In 2018 the Tapiola Sinfonietta commissioned him to write Un Grande Sospiro, the success of which has carried Zinovjev’s name beyond the Finnish borders. In April 2020 his latest work, a piano concerto written for Vikingur Olafsson, will be premiered in Helsinki. Zinovjev’s orchestral works are marked by strong emotions. “A composition must have everything,” thus the composer, “the entire life in a single moment.”

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