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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. The diversity of influences and starting points is dominant in his work. 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 studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Räsänen is active in the grassroots of contemporary music as a concert producer and chair 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 and the United States, and he represented Finland at the Ung Nordisk Musik Festivals in Sweden 2019, Denmark 2021 and Norway 2023. Räsäsen's work has been supported by e.g. Taike, Paulo Foundation, Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation, and BNP Paribas.

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  • Ung Nordisk Musik 2023 Oslo: maailma ympärilläni käy yhä nopeammalla vaihteella, ja minä
    14. elok. klo 0.00 UTC+2 – 19. elok. klo 0.00 UTC+2
    Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    My trio for clarinet, soprano saxophone and cello, originally written for AEKI Ensemble, gets performed at this year's UNM Festival in Norway.
  • Premiere of Guitar Concerto at Kitara Nova Festival
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    Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki
    22. syysk. klo 19.00 – 24. syysk. klo 19.00
    Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    My guitar concerto, written for my long time good friend Teuvo Taimioja, is premiering at the Kitara Nova Festival in Helsinki in September 2023.
  • Debut with the Finnish Radio Symphonic Orchestra: Premiere of a new work for brass quintet
    09. helmik. 2024 klo 19.00 – 21.30
    Helsinki Music Center, Mannerheimintie 13 A, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    Commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, my brass quintet will be premiered at the Helsinki Music Center on February 9th, 2024.
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