Tomi Räisänen


Tomi Räisänen (b. 1976 in Helsinki, Finland) has studied composition in Sibelius Academy since year 2000 with Erkki Jokinen. Before that he has studied in the University of Helsinki musicology and composition with Harri Vuori. He has also participated in several international composition masterclasses, seminars and workshops with for example Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Jarrell, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury and Marco Stroppa. Räisänen’s list of works contains large variety of compositions from solo pieces through chamber and choral music to orchestral pieces and concertos. His music has been performed and broadcasted—besides widely in Finland—also in Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden and USA. The major festivals, which he has participated with his music include for example UNM (Young Nordic Music), Voix Nouvelles of Royaumont in France, Bartók Festival in Hungary, Musica Nova in Finland and Takefu International Music Festival in Japan. In year 2002 Räisänen’s Violin concerto Nomad was awarded with 2nd prize in international composing competition íDue Agosto’ in Bologna.

Selected works by Tomi Räisänen:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon