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LEEVI RÄSÄNEN


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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. Diverse influences and starting points dominate his compositions. He creates works tailored to their unique contexts using ever-changing methods. Räsänen's works reflect his values, personal experiences, and incorporate 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.


Räsänen is best known for his interest in microtonality within contemporary settings, but also for his work in multidisciplinary  groups, and for bringing non-musical phenomena into concert halls. He is interested in blending various equal divisions of the octave and natural tuning, as well as combining acoustic sound with electronics, objects, and other parameters such as light and motion.


Having also studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Räsänen graduated with a master’s in composition from Sibelius Academy in 2023. His recent collaborators include, for example, the brass quintet of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who commissioned his work for lighting and brass quintet "Light Flowers," which received its premiere at the Concert hall of the Helsinki Music Centre in February 2024. In a short time, Räsänen has gained recognition for his works in countries such as South 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. Räsänen will be the guest composer for the 2024 Brinkhall soi festival in Turku, where his new work for the Æstus Ensemble and orchestra Refugium Musicum, led by conductor József Hárs will premiere, with the four members of Æstus serving as soloists. Currently, Leevi is supported by the Arts Promotion Center Finland and the Kone Foundation in his work on new compositions. Räsänen's work has also received support from organizations such as the Paulo Foundation, Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation, and BNP Paribas.

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RECENT PREMIERE: 

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

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • Tuuli Lindeberg & Joel Papinoja: Armain Kuoleman Ajatus @The Mirjam Helin Competition
    Tuuli Lindeberg & Joel Papinoja: Armain Kuoleman Ajatus @The Mirjam Helin Competition
    ti 25. kesäk.
    Helsinki Music Centre
    25. kesäk. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.00
    Helsinki Music Centre, Musiikkitalo, Töölönlahdenkatu, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    25. kesäk. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.00
    Helsinki Music Centre, Musiikkitalo, Töölönlahdenkatu, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    Music Finland organises a presentation of Finnish music at the Musiikkitalo upper foyer.
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  • Premiere of the string trio arrangement of "Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä"
    Premiere of the string trio arrangement of "Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä"
    Premiere of the string trio arrangement of "Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä"
    to 27. kesäk.
    Kamppi Chapel
    27. kesäk. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.30
    Kamppi Chapel, Simonkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    27. kesäk. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.30
    Kamppi Chapel, Simonkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    Elisar Riddelin, Vuokko Lahtinen & Sirja Nironen will be premiering the string trio version of my piece "Maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä" – originally composed for AEKI Ensemble in 2022. The concert gathers together historical and contemporary music by queer composers.
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  • Brinkhall soi 2024: Premiere of Brain Shake – concerto grosso for orchestra and Æstus Ensemble
    Brinkhall soi 2024: Premiere of Brain Shake – concerto grosso for orchestra and Æstus Ensemble
    la 13. heinäk.
    Kakskerran kirkko
    13. heinäk. 2024 klo 19.00
    Kakskerran kirkko, Kakskerran kirkkotie 110, 20960 Turku, Finland
    13. heinäk. 2024 klo 19.00
    Kakskerran kirkko, Kakskerran kirkkotie 110, 20960 Turku, Finland
    My newest orchestral commission, Brain Shake for orchestra and baroque ensemble will premiere at the Brinkhall soi Festival, where I'm the visiting composer for the 2024 festival.
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  • the two childhoods @Kokonainen/Musequal Festival, Janakkala
    the two childhoods @Kokonainen/Musequal Festival, Janakkala
    la 03. elok.
    Koulukeskus Välkky
    03. elok. 2024 klo 14.00 – 16.00
    Koulukeskus Välkky, Koulutie 2, 14200 Janakkala, Finland
    03. elok. 2024 klo 14.00 – 16.00
    Koulukeskus Välkky, Koulutie 2, 14200 Janakkala, Finland
    My string quartet the two childhoods (2022) will be performed at the Kokonainen/Musequal Festival in Janakkala on Sat 3rd August at 14:00.
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  • Lady M! – immersiivinen oopper
    Lady M! – immersiivinen oopper
    Multiple Dates
    to 22. elok.
    Kapsäkki Music Theatre
    22. elok. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.30
    Kapsäkki Music Theatre, Hämeentie 68, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    22. elok. 2024 klo 18.00 – 19.30
    Kapsäkki Music Theatre, Hämeentie 68, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Verdi's legendary music takes a cheesy retro-synthesized outfit in Lady M! – an immersive renditioning of the opera classic. The music was reimagined ( = arranged) by composers Leevi Räsänen & Rolf Gustavson.
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  • The two childhoods @WeW! Contemporary Music Festival, Turku
    The two childhoods @WeW! Contemporary Music Festival, Turku
    to 21. marrask.
    Manilla Kulttuuritehdas
    21. marrask. 2024 klo 19.00 – 21.00
    Manilla Kulttuuritehdas, Itäinen Rantakatu 64b, 20810 Turku, Finland
    21. marrask. 2024 klo 19.00 – 21.00
    Manilla Kulttuuritehdas, Itäinen Rantakatu 64b, 20810 Turku, Finland
    My string quartet "the two childhoods" continues its journey to Turku, where it will be performed at the What ever Works! 2024 Festival.
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  • Hoodlum (2024) for string quartet – World Premiere
    Hoodlum (2024) for string quartet – World Premiere
    Autumn 2024
    Tampere, Finland
    Autumn 2024
    Tampere, Finland
    Autumn 2024
    Tampere, Finland
    TEMA String Quartet premieres the second part of my twin string quartets – Hoodlum, which the two childhoods (2022) preceded.
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  • Premiere of a new work for KAAOS Ensemble
    Premiere of a new work for KAAOS Ensemble
    December 2024
    Hietsun Paviljonki
    December 2024
    Hietsun Paviljonki, Hiekkarannantie 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    December 2024
    Hietsun Paviljonki, Hiekkarannantie 9, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    Round dancing and thigh flapping, but with saxophone, flute, guitar(s) and percussion! Your perfect December delight.
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Leevi's work has been supported by:

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KONEEN SÄÄTIÖ

Kone Foundation

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TAIKE

Taiteen edistämiskeskus

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TAIKE

Taiteen edistämiskeskus
Etelä-Savon taidetoimikunta

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PAULON SÄÄTIÖ

Paulo Foundation

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MARTIN WEGELIUKSEN MUISTO -SÄÄTIÖ SR


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MADETOJA-SÄÄTIÖ

Madetoja Foundation

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BNP PARIBAS BANK


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GRETA JA WILLIAM LEHTISEN SÄÄTIÖ

Greta and William Lehtinen foundation

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SIBELIUS-RAHASTO

The Sibelius Fund of the Society of Finnish Composers

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MES

Musiikin edistämissäätiö

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TEOSTO

Tuki sävellystilauksille

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