Minna Leinonen (b. 1977) is a Finnish composer of contemporary music.Her works are inspired by everyday phenomena such as Finnish environment and folklore or daily objects and sounds.
Her music has been performed by, among others, BBC Philharmonic, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, the ICE ensemble, defunensemble, CHANGEnsemble, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jousia ensemble, Oulu Sinfonia, Zagros, Tampere Raw, Tampere Chamber Opera and Uusinta Ensemble.
She hosts Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra´s monthly chamber music concert Afternoon of the Fauns and works as a part-time teacher in composition and composition pedagogy at the University of the Arts Sibelius Academy and Pirkanmaa Music institute. She is currently working on her doctorate at the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts in Helsinki. She also writes columns about music for Rondo Magazine and is the new artistic director of Tampere Biennale 2024–26.
At present she is working on a three-year working grant from Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
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Art is not an escape from reality. It's for understanding the world more profoundly. And for me, opera is one of the best artforms for it, whether as a listener or a composer.
Column in FMQ 12/18
Säveltäminen on arjessa kohdattujen asioiden prosessointia
Säveltäminen inhimillisten kokemusten peilinä -blogikirjoitus (muokattu puheenvuoro Suomen Säveltäjien seminaarissa 8.4.2022):
Blogikirjoitus Alma!-liikeoopperasta: Alukseni on satamassa mutta vuotaa
Kulttuuritoimituksen Kikka Holmbergin haastattelu 2017:
STUDIES IN COMPOSITION
Studies at the Sibelius Academy
Doctoral studies (ongoing)
Master of Music 2011.
Bachelor of Music 2007.
Studies with professor Veli-Matti Puumala 2005-2011.
Studies with senior lecturer Eero Hämeenniemi 2004-2005.
Diploma in Composition at Sibelius-Academy (excellent mark) 2011.
Degree in Composition at the Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences (excellent mark) 2008.
Music pedagogy (main subject: music theory) at the Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences (final thesis: excellent mark) 2002.
Carnatic music studies at the Brhaddhvani Music Academy in Chennai, India 2006-2007.
Teacher Education Program 60 credits 2006.
Degree in Music pedagogy at the Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences, Tampere 2002.
Studies at the Napier University, Edinburgh 2000.
Masterclasses with e.g. Kaija Saariaho, Jose María Sánchez-Verdú, Adriana Hölzky, Magnus Lindberg, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
New work Vimma (Fierce) for Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2023.
Recording release: Kalle Oittinen: New works for saxophone 2022 (work: Hide)
New work for project Meetings that light fire for Amazone Quartet (Denmark) 2022-23. Poem: Shadi Angelina Bazeghi.
New work for Ilmari Hannikainen chamber music competition 2023.
Monodrama Loved ones for soprano Hanna Rantanen´s doctoral concert 2023. Libretto Milka Luhtaniemi.
New work The earth we leave behind for flutist Malla Vivolin and award-winning photographer Touko Hujanen 2023.
String Quartet for Our Festival 2023.
New work for Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2025.
A Music play for Tove Jansson´s story 2025 And then what happened with Tampere Raw and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.
New work for Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra 2026.
Tampere Biennale: Artistic director 2022-26.
Uuno Klami Composition Competition for young people 2022, member of the jury
The University of the Art Sibelius Academy: Teaching composition and composition pedagogy since 2019.
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra: hosting Faunien iltapäivä concert series at Tampere-talo; working in program committee.
Composition projects for young people: Primus motor in Finding my voice (Ääneni äärelle) 2016-2021; Equity in Composing (Yhdenvertaisesti säveltäen) 2019-2021; creating Opus 1 composition material bank in Society of Finnish composer´s working group 2016-2017; planning composition curriculum for Finnish music institutes in working group 2016-2019.
Rondo Magazine: Writing columns about being a composer since 2021.
Chairperson in The Finnish Music Foundation education committee 2019-22.
Board member of the Society of the Finnish Composers 2015-19.