Kaija Saariaho - Composer
Limen; Photo: Johan Persson
Kaija Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major influence on her music and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the operas L'Amour de loin and Adriana Mater and the oratorio La Passion de Simone.
Kaija Saariaho's cello concerto, Notes on Light was used in Limen, choreographed by Wayne McGregor for The Royal Ballet.