Minna Leinonen 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, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 has also been involved in projects in which the music communicates with other artistic genres such as acrobatics, documentary, video or installation. Her kinetic opera Alma! was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2022 and Teosto Prize 2022.
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.
Biography taken from composer’s website.
Photo: Heikki Tuuli