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Minna Leinonen, composer
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Minna Leinonen has composed the opera Alma! in such an exquisite and diverse way that the premiere can be seen as her breakthrough as a first-rate opera composer.
Tempo changes in music are vivid, the dramatic eruptions earthmoving and the slow sections dreamlike.
Harri Hautala, Aamulehti 18.2.2021

Minna Leinonen succeeds in the most essential challenge of opera composing: to put her music into perspective but still keeping her own voice.
Minna Leinonen´s colourful and expressive score moves with a wide range, from nervous swerving to lyrical glow.
Harri Kuusisaari, Rondo 19.2.2021

Leinonen has composed piercingly glowing, sometimes painfully beautiful, sometimes cruel ironic music.
Juxtaposing and alternating live views of two women is functional, creating fast turns of events, fantasy-like dramaturgy.
The arc of drama Leinonen has built with strong touch.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila, Helsingin sanomat 18.2.2021

Composer Minna Leinonen holds the chamber opera format together skilfully. Leinonen handles the text content competently.
Tove Djupsjöbacka, HBL 18.2.2021

Alma! is an excellent work of art. For Minna Leinonen Alma! is a cracking rise into frontline of opera composers. The music of Minna Leinonen is diverse and surprisingly light.
Katariina Fleming, Tamperelainen 27.2.2021

When Sibelius approached [nature] motifs though Karelian mythicism, Leinonen goes straight in the middle of the nature. In
Kaarne a raven croaks, bark rustles and the nature lives wild. Gliding sounds do not obey keys but the laws of nature.
Harri Hautala, Aamulehti 21.2.2021

Minna Leinonen has organized energetically explosive agony in a skillful and dexterously rhythmical way. Sirri proves for it´s part that awareness of ecocrisis is strong in Finnish contemporary music and that composers and musicians are searching for their own relationship between the nature and the climate change.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat 02/2019

Minna Leinonen´s personal Naisen muotokuva was an impressive final of the concert. Timelessness of Hildegard von Bingen´s medieval hymns, attitude of 19th century´s female artists with contemporary scenery made Naisen muotokuva a profound experience and sealed the spirit of the whole concert in a touching way.
● Harri Hautala, Aamulehti 03/2019

Minna Leinonen´s Kevätkesän avaruus builds delicate musical moments in subtle and expressive ways. Vocal line is grateful to sing and piano part resonates exceptionally beautifully. Words and melody are in nourishing interplay with each other – music appeals to stay with the poem and vice versa.
The jury of Majaoja Foundation 11/2018, 1st prize in lied composition competition

If I was a conductor I would conduct Scatterings.
Pekka Kuusisto, Musica Nova Journal 02/2019