c o m p o s e r
As a consumer of music, Leevi Räsänen (b. 1997, Enonkoski) is equally at home in the pounding of sticky-floored nightclubs, listening to contemporary music whispers in concert halls as well as enjoying Broadway musicals and opera. The diversity of influences and starting points is dominant in his compositions. His works are created to cater to their unique contexts with ever-changing methods. Räsäsen's works encompass his values, personal experiences, as well as several phenomena and quotations from popular culture. He often builds them around internal experiences of the mind, such as memories, relationships, emotions, and experiences of time and place.
Having also studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Räsänen graduated with a master’s in composition from Sibelius Academy in 2023. He is the producer of the Helsinki-based NYKY Ensemble and has been the chairperson of UNM Finland and Korvat auki associations. Known for his initiative, Räsänen is the artistic director of the Pauhu Contemporary Music Festival he founded, which took place for the first time in Enonkoski in July 2022. Within a short time, Räsänen has become known through his works in e.g. Korea, Spain, Mexico and the United States, and he represented Finland at the Ung Nordisk Musik Festivals in Sweden 2019, Denmark 2021 and Norway 2023. Currently, Leevi is working on new compositions with the support of the Arts Promotion Center Finland and Kone Foundation. In the past, Räsäsen's work has also been supported by e.g. Paulo Foundation, Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation, and BNP Paribas.
LIGHT FLOWERS (2023)
for brass quintet and light
commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
Premiered by the brass quintet of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on February 9th, 2024 in the concert hall of the Helsinki Music Centre.
Miikka Saarinen, trumpet
Lénard Heugen, trumpet
Jukka Harju, french horn
Line Johannesen, trombone
Joel Wendelin, tuba
Tuukka Aimasmäki, lighting designer
LEEVI'S MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD
- Premiere: Light Flowers (2023) for brass quintet and light – commission of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestrape 09. helmik.Helsinki Music Center09. helmik. 2024 klo 19.00 – 21.30Helsinki Music Center, Mannerheimintie 13 A, 00100 Helsinki, Finland09. helmik. 2024 klo 19.00 – 21.30Helsinki Music Center, Mannerheimintie 13 A, 00100 Helsinki, FinlandCommissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, my piece "Light Flowers" for brass quintet and light will be premiered at the Helsinki Music Center on February 9th, 2024. The event also marks my debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
- to 12. lokak.KoncertKirken12. lokak. 2023 klo 19.00 – 21.00KoncertKirken, Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, Denmark12. lokak. 2023 klo 19.00 – 21.00KoncertKirken, Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København, DenmarkEnsemble K!ART will present a concert of artistically diverse ensemble works that span acoustic and electronic instruments, live-electronics, and the sound of objects. My piece Tunteisiin (2021) – composed for K!ART is featured in the programme.
Leevi's work has been supported by:
MARTIN WEGELIUKSEN MUISTO -SÄÄTIÖ SR
BNP PARIBAS BANK
GRETA JA WILLIAM LEHTISEN SÄÄTIÖ
Greta and William Lehtinen foundation
The Sibelius Fund of the Society of Finnish Composers