Saariaho, Kaija


Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952), Finland

Studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsingfors and later in Freiburg for Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber, as well as at IRCAM in Paris. She has resided in Paris since 1982. Composes chamber music, orchestral works, and opera, as well as music for instruments and electronics. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and received the Polar Prize in 2013.